OJEU – high value contract opportunities

Possible opportunities which will be advertised via The Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

Contracts expected to be over the relevant threshold in the Public Procurement Regulations must be advertised through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). 

OJEU high value contracts:

Ships and boats: 

A Prior Information Notice concerning the below has been published under publication number: 2017/S 246-514055 and is available to view here. 

As recognised in the Maritime Technology Roadmap, marine autonomous systems have a role in environmental monitoring, data acquisition, integration with satellite applications, monitoring of renewable energy arrays, surveys, oil and gas exploration, pollution monitoring and fisheries conservation, surveillance, security and many more applications. The University will procure one autonomous platform – the operational domains of which will be confirmed once the project starts and industry demand is fully explored. There is potential to procure a platform that will work independently or in conjunction with autonomous surface vessels, conventional vessels, shore side stations or moored buoys. The autonomous platform will have the potential to house sensors and instruments to undertake data acquisition, monitoring and R&D. The degree of ‘autonomy’ may range from full remote piloting, through to fully autonomous platforms. The platforms will be essential assets for the research technicians to use when validating and developing new instruments with beneficiaries. Indicative costs for a range of platforms covering surface and underwater domains have been investigated as part of the University’s research. Based on the generic requirements of modern piloted/autonomous platforms the funds identified would support an appropriate platform to be procured that offers value for money. The project is funded by the 2014-2020 European Structural Investment Funds (ESI Funds) ie the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)”.

Non OJEU value contract opportunities

Being below the OJEU thresholds we can manage the procurement process for these requirements more flexibly, whilst retaining the basic OJEU principles of fairness and transparency. 

If you are interested in any of the below opportunities please register on the University's e-tender site In-Tend. This will always be our first port of call for these supply opportunities.

Current opportunities

  • Plant Factory - Erection and Installation

The School of Biological and Marine Sciences is installing a Plant Factory in its Skardon Gardens to act as a growing space for research and development of autonomous plant growth facilities.

This installation forms part of a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supported research project entitled Plant Factory Cornwall. This project forms part of the wider Agri-tech Cornwall Project https://www.agritechcornwall.co.uk/

The Plant Factory will be a conversion of an existing glasshouse with solar panels above and fitted out with a hydroponic plant growing system. Some elements of the installation are already available and will need to be incorporated with other elements that form part of this tender.

Closing date: 5/01/2018 (12:00 midday)

The requirements / specification can be accessed via the tendering portal: In-Tend


  • Plymouth Health Research and Innovation Cluster Analysis
We wish to appoint a consultant / consultancy team to:

Assess the current health-medical research, innovation assets and capabilities within University of Plymouth, PSP and the wider Plymouth city / regional area (including NHS) to determine whether the opportunity exists to develop a Plymouth health / life sciences cluster (Phase 1), and if so to define both the narrative for such a cluster and what could be done to develop this opportunity, for example through investment, strategic partnership development and adjustment of promotional / research focus (Phase 2).

Closing date: 5/1/2018 (16:00)

The requirements / specification can be accessed via the tendering portal: In-Tend.


  • Virtual Engineering and Digital Fabrication Innovation Centre
The University of Plymouth is seeking to appoint an experienced consultant/s to inform and refine options for new capital investment on the Plymouth campus, with a focus on virtual and augmented reality, visualisation and digital fabrication. This will be a new and unique multi-disciplinary resource which will:

  • enhance the quality of the student learning experience, improving effectiveness in delivery of teaching and learning
  • enable new opportunities for multi-disciplinary and collaborative research, and
  • address a wide variety of business challenges in the region, nationally and internationally.

Closing date: 12/01/2018 (10:00)

The requirements / specification can be accessed via the tendering portal: In-Tend