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Information regarding Government tenders

Requests for tenders are frequently advertised through the Office of Government Procurement on the e-tenders website

These projects can include the provision of advice or expertise by a Trinity academic to an Irish charity, Government department, or public body.

Consultancy or Research?
Some Government tenders are classed as research, and some are classed as academic consultancy. It is one of many ways to apply academic expertise for the public good.
To help identify which route is relevant to you, below is a table outlining some differences between consultancy and research, as per the TCD Consultancy Policy.

We value academic freedom and the academic can decide if the project being applied for is classed as research or consultancy.
If it is considered consultancy (i.e. the provision of existing knowledge and expertise to an external body regarding a specific issue or idea) CONSULT Trinity offers some support for tender applications, including:

  • Preliminary advice and review of terms and conditions
  • Supplying documents regarding Trinity’s financial status, insurance levels, and the university’s status as a charity

Trinity College Dublin, rather than the individual or the School, is the contracting party. Invoicing and disbursement of funds is covered by CONSULT Trinity. Contact consult@tcd.ie  for more information.
If it is considered research, please contact the Research Development Office at research.office@tcd.ie

A note on overheads and VAT:
Overheads for research projects are 40%.
Overheads for Consultancy projects are 15%.
This should be taken into account when budgeting for any tender applications.
For consultancy projects, VAT applies at 23%. 
An example: Applicants might budget for a tender application of €100,000. A possible breakdown is below:

Cost of proposal

        58,072.01 

Overhead 40%

        23,228.80 

Sub-total

        81,300.81 

VAT 23%

        18,699.19 

Total

      100,000.00 

Each tender application is unique and not all tender applications can be facilitated by CONSULT Trinity.
We recommend reading all tender related documentation before deciding to apply.
Trinity is a charity rather than a commercial entity. Some terms and conditions required by Government tenders require guarantees regarding insurance and liability which are not possible for the university to accept. Trinity must prioritise its academics’ research and intellectual property, and must protect against potential legal risk.
Terms and conditions not acceptable to include:

  • Requests for Trinity to warrant that particular results will be achieved in a particular timeframe
  • Requests for unlimited or excessive liabilities and indemnities
  • Requests to own intellectual property created by Trinity academics outside of the bounds of the agreement

This is particularly relevant for applications which include language such as the following:
‘Tenderer(s) are required to state that they agree (by returning the attached appendices) to be bound by the terms and conditions laid out in this document, in the tender specifications and in the service level agreement(s), should they be successful in this competitive process and subsequent tender. This statement must be clear and unequivocal. Acceptance “in principle” is not acceptable as the agreement will not be negotiated with individual Tenderers.’


Tender applications must be open for negotiation on the terms and conditions if and when the tender is awarded. As such a wide variety of research, teaching, and consultancy work is ongoing at Trinity, each project undertaken must be tailored to the specific project, and this can only be done post-award.
Please note that there are no standard Trinity templates for applications.

Get in touch:
CONSULT Trinity is available to discuss potential consultancy tender applications and their viability. If you or your School does not have an e-tenders account, we can help you set one up. We can also log in on your behalf, in the initial stages, to obtain the relevant tender documentation. For more information, contact consult@tcd.ie.

Other useful contacts:

1. Your own Head of School for initial discussions

2. The Research Development Office:

Name

Email

School/Area

Maria Treanor

Maria.treanor@tcd.ie

Research tender support

Patrick Lansley

lansleyp@tcd.ie

E3: Engineering, Energy and Environment

Maureen Burgess

burgessm@tcd.ie

Trinity Long Room Hub

Dr Patricia Doherty

patricia.doherty@tcd.ie

Cancer

Dr Christine Shortt

christine.shortt@tcd.ie

School of Computer Science and Statistics

Dr William McCormack

mccormw@tcd.ie

Trinity Translational Medicine Institute (TTMI)

3. FSD Finance Partners:

Name

Email (@tcd.ie)

Area

Keith Creedon

creedonk

Financial Planning & Risk Manager

Marian Brady

marian.brady

Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Mairead Garry

FEMS.FP

Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics & Sciences

Emma Hagan

hagane

Faculty of Health Sciences

Geraldine Joyce

joycege

Faculty of Health Sciences

Shumane Cleary

shcleary

Academic Services Division (ASD)

Colman Rowe

roweco

Commercial Revenue Unit (CSD)

Brian O'Connor

oconnob9

Corporate Services Division (CSD)

 

4. Technology Transfer Office and Industry Engagement Team:

Dr Gordon Elliott – School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

gordon.elliott@tcd.ie

Dr John Whelan – Information and Communications Technology, ADAPT and CONNECT Centres

John.Whelan@tcd.ie

Emma O’Neill – Life Sciences, Biochemistry and Immunology

emma.oneill@tcd.ie

Dr Graham McMullin – Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, the AMBER centre, CONNECT

graham.mcmullin@tcd.ie

Dr Chris Keely, Senior Business Development Manager

chris.keely@tcd.ie

Dr Juan Valverde – Business Development and Innovation Manager (particularly Nature+)

juan.valverde@tcd.ie

Audrey Crosbie – Industry Liaison Manage

audrey.crosbie@tcd.ie

Aoife Tierney – IP Development Manager

aoife.tierney@tcd.ie

Want to know more about CONSULT Trinity?
See here for some examples of successful consultancy and impact.