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UK-London: Supporting services for the government.
Section I: Contracting Authority
I.1) Name and addresses
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 2072116000, Email: commercial@dcms.gov.uk
Contact: DCMS Commercial
Main Address: www.gov.uk/dcms, Address of the buyer profile: www.gov.uk/dcms
NUTS Code: UK
I.2) Joint procurement
The contract involves joint procurement: No.
In the case of joint procurement involving different countries, state applicable national procurement law: Not provided
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body: No.
I.3) Communication
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://www.delta-esourcing.com/tenders/UK-UK-London:-Supporting-services-for-the-government./NSV34GJW86
Additional information can be obtained from: the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to the address as in Annex A.III
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at: Not provided
I.4) Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5) Main activity
Recreation, culture and religion

Section II: Object
II.1) Scope of the procurement
II.1.1) Title: Disinformation Analytical Support
Reference Number: 102196
II.1.2) Main CPV Code:
75130000 - Supporting services for the government.

II.1.3) Type of contract: SERVICES
II.1.4) Short description: DCMS is seeking to appoint a service provider to deliver analytical support relating to potentially harmful disinformation online. This service will be required for an initial period of three months commencing January 2021.
II.1.5) Estimated total value:
Value excluding VAT: 400,000
Currency: GBP
II.1.6) Information about lots:
This contract is divided into lots: No

II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV codes:
73110000 - Research services.
73210000 - Research consultancy services.

II.2.3) Place of performance:
UK UNITED KINGDOM

II.2.4) Description of procurement: DCMS is seeking to appoint a service provider to deliver analytical support relating to potentially harmful disinformation online. This service will be required for an initial period of three months commencing January 2021.
II.2.5) Award criteria:
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6) Estimated value:
Value excluding VAT: 400,000
Currency: GBP
II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system:
Duration in months: 3
This contract is subject to renewal: No
Description of renewals: Not provided

II.2.10) Information about variants:
Variants will be accepted: Yes
II.2.11) Information about options:
Options: No
Description of options: Not provided
II.2.12) Information about electronic catalogues:
Tenders must be presented in the form of electronic catalogues or include an electronic catalogue: No
II.2.13) Information about European Union funds:
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No
Identification of the project: Not provided
II.2.14) Additional information: The maximum budget for the initial 3 month of services is in the range of between 150,000 and 200,000 excluding VAT. DCMS reserves the right to extend the contract for a further 3 months and the estimated value of the contract value provided within this notice includes any possible contract extension.


Section III: Legal, Economic, Financial And Technical Information
III.1) Conditions for participation
III.1.1) Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
List and brief description of conditions:
Not Provided
III.1.2) Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
List and brief description of selection criteria:
Not Provided
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required (if applicable) :
Not Provided
III.1.3) Technical and professional ability
List and brief description of selection criteria:
Not Provided
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required (if applicable) :
Not Provided
III.1.5) Information about reserved contracts (if applicable)
The contract is reserved to sheltered workshops and economic operators aiming at the social and professional integration of disabled or disadvantaged persons: No
The execution of the contract is restricted to the framework of sheltered employment programmes: No

III.2) Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1) Information about a particular profession
Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision:
Not Provided
III.2.2) Contract performance conditions
Not Provided
III.2.3) Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract
Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract: No

Section IV: Procedure
IV.1) Description OPEN
IV.1.1) Type of procedure: Open Acclerated
Justification for the choice of accelerated procedure: The COVID-19 outbreak has given rise to an urgent need for the supply of immediate analytical support relating to potentially harmful disinformation. This does not give DCMS sufficient time to comply with the standard open procedure timescales for this procurement. DCMS considers this to be a state of urgency which it has duly substantiated. Accordingly, DCMS is using the accelerated time limits permitted under the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (regulation 27(5) for the open procedure) in respect of this procurement.
IV.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement - NO
In the case of framework agreements justification for any duration exceeding 4 years: Not Provided


IV.1.6) Information about electronic auction:
An electronic auction will be used: No
Additional information about electronic auction: Not provided
IV.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes
IV.2) Administrative information
IV.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure:
Notice number in the OJ S: Not provided
IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 14/12/2020 Time: 12:00

IV.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted: English,
IV.2.6) Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender:
Duration in month(s): 3

IV.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders:
Date: 14/12/2020
Time: 12:00


Section VI: Complementary Information
VI.1) Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: No
Estimated timing for further notices to be published: Not provided
VI.2) Information about electronic workflows
Electronic ordering will be used No
Electronic invoicing will be accepted No
Electronic payment will be used No
VI.3) Additional Information: To participate in this tender opportunity prospective tenderers will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Deed in order to receive the Invitation to Tender (ITT) document. The Non-Disclosure Deed can be downloaded from the linked tenderbox - https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/NSV34GJW86. Signed Non-Disclosure Deeds should be returned to commercial@dcms.gov.uk by the deadline of 12:00hrs, Monday 14th December 2020 - please include the tender reference number 102196 in the subject line. Once a signed deed is received you will be issued with the ITT document. Please note that the deadline for receipts of tenders to be received no later than 12:00hrs (GMT), 14th December 2020 (the deadline for receipt of Tender Responses). Please ensure that you download and return your completed Non Disclosure Deed promptly to allow yourself time to provide a full tender response prior to the closing date and time.

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement.

The maximum budget for the initial 3 month of services is in the range of between 150,000 and 200,000 excluding VAT. Please note that, while not the only criteria, pricing is a key element of our evaluation criteria. This budget range excludes any contract extensions. The Department reserves the right to extend the contract for a further 3 months and the estimated value of the contract value provided within this notice includes any possible contract extension.
For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Delta eSourcing portal at:
https://www.delta-esourcing.com/tenders/UK-UK-London:-Supporting-services-for-the-government./NSV34GJW86

To respond to this opportunity, please click here:
https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/NSV34GJW86
VI.4) Procedures for review
VI.4.1) Review body:
Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 2072112088, Email: commercial@dcms.gov.uk
VI.4.2) Body responsible for mediation procedures:
Not provided
VI.4.3) Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:
Not Provided
VI.4.4) Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained:
Not provided
VI.5) Date Of Dispatch Of This Notice: 27/11/2020

Annex A


III) Addresses and contact points to which tenders/requests to participate must be sent:
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ, United Kingdom
Email: commercial@dcms.gov.uk
Main Address: www.gov.uk/dcms
NUTS Code: UK


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