Defra is inviting proposals from companies, academia or from consortia of interested parties connected to the infrastructure and built environment sectors. The competition scope, which applies to England only for the built environment sector but UK-wide for the infrastructure sector, will be open to those who have already developed their own feasibility studies for such designs and can clearly demonstrate the ability to produce prototype designs for demonstration by 30 March 2014.
Defra will award contracts up to a total value of £500k in 2013/14 spread over a maximum of ten successful applicants. The competition will be managed by Defra, supported by the Technology Strategy Board.
Defra is seeking to support business opportunities from climate change adaptation for UK businesses, and anticipate that the adaptation ideas may have wider applicability outside the UK. It considers that the focus of innovation of this competition has wider benefits, helps to support economic growth and gives an incentive for the small and medium business sector to be creative with their products. Being climate resilient can lead to increased competitiveness, both domestically and internationally.
Invitation to tender published: 11 October 2013
Deadline for clarification questions from tenderers: 8 November 2013
Deadline for tender responses: 22 November 2013
Evaluation of tenders: 4 December 2013
Contract award: 4 December 2013
Contract start date: 18 December 2013
Duration of contract: up to 4 months
Defra is using an e-Tendering System for this procurement exercise. The ITT is only available in electronic form which can be accessed via your web browser.
The information contained in the Invitation to tender is designed to ensure that completed tender responses are given equal and fair consideration. It is important that tenderers provide all the information asked for in the format and order specified.