Through the Progeny Maritime Research Framework the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is seeking suppliers to help build and sustain UK maritime science and technology (S&T) expertise.
In March 2016, Dstl held an industry day for potential suppliers to find out more about the Progeny Maritime Research Framework procurement requirements. The event, attended by over 160 suppliers from across industry and academia, allowed potential prime and sub-contractors to share views on shaping and delivering the work.
The feedback from the event will be used to inform the procurement strategy for the requirement and it is anticipated that Invitation to Tenders will be issued via the Defence Contracts Online in autumn 2016.
The Progeny Maritime Research Framework will be worth up to £200 million over 8 years and it is anticipated that requirements will be delivered by industry, including small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and academia.
The Progeny Maritime Research Framework will create and develop a community of S&T suppliers to support S&T research for current in service capability and the next generation of maritime technology. Examples of research areas it will address include unmanned systems, future submarine platforms and underwater communications and networking.
Ben Evans, Maritime Freedom of Manoeuvre Programme Manager, Dstl says:
“The industry day was an opportunity to discuss how the maritime community can work together in support of maritime science and technology research. Topics discussed throughout the day ranged from framework scope to structure and we look forward to taking these forward to shape the Progeny Maritime Research Framework procurement requirements.”