1st November 2021

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) Materials for Strategic Advantage Science and Technology (S&T) Programme is exploring different ways of working to deliver future research. To supplement existing routes to market, Dstl is exploring working collaboratively with UK Centres of Excellence on different aspects/topics of Advanced Materials.

In order to assess the viability of this model, Dstl has issued a Prior Information Notice (PIN), which can be found here:

Generation after next Materials – Centres of Excellence

Generation after next Materials – Centre of Excellence – Early Market Engagement Prior Information Notice

The purpose of the PIN is to share Dstl’s thinking regarding future collaborative working in materials and to solicit information from the market on the viability of this approach, including welcoming additional ideas for collaborative working which we may not have considered. Key technical areas of interest are included in the document, but Dstl is also welcoming feedback on Centres that may be able to support the development of Dstl staff across a broad spectrum of materials technologies that can be included in the questionnaire response.

Responses are requested by the 18th of November on the linked Questionnaire. Please note this is NOT a solicitation for proposals nor does this imply a commitment on Dstl’s part to proceed with contract action. The exercise is to understand the viability of this working model to inform a potential future procurement strategy. Should a future procurement result after the PIN advert this will be run in a fair and open competition in accordance with the appropriate Procurement Legislation.

Should you have any queries in relation to the information contained in this communication, the adverts and PIN document and questionnaire, please send these in the first instance by email to okell@dstl.gov.uk

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