EPSRC Mid-Range Facility in X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)

EPSRC is inviting tenders for a contract to run a mid-range facility providing a high-specification X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy service to the UK academic community and other users.

Full details of how to apply will be in the relevant published OJEU and Contracts Finder notices.

The contract will run initially for three years with an option to extend it to five years subject to a review.

The range of provision will be on a national level and will include research into the chemical composition and electronic structure of surfaces for a variety of technological applications from biomaterials to semiconductor physics.

The facility must be able to clearly demonstrate the capability to fulfil the technical specification including but not limited to, providing leading expertise, technical support and training (where required) and instrumentation in XPS, a suitable user relationship with the facility, provision for sample preparation, handling, storage and an appropriate sample environment. The successful bidder will also have a costed access plan, risk management and staff training model. The facility will be an integral part of the research needs of the Engineering and Physical Sciences community, therefore long term sustainability and a charging model will also need to be considered carefully by the future facility.

As this is an invitation to tender for a contract rather than submission of a proposal for a grant, the tender exercise will be conducted in accordance with the Public Contract regulation (2015), bidders will be required to submit their tenders through the Emptoris system rather than Je-S.