External Resource – Associate Model

The purpose of this requirement

Energy Systems Catapult are looking for additional external support for a variety of projects many of which are classed as Research & Development. The Catapult is seeking to become more flexible and proactive and have an extended network of pre-approved expert Contractors to enhance what we can offer clients. This is especially important where, on occasion, the Catapult does not have the capacity to cover all parts of new projects.

Although Energy Systems Catapult has existing procurement frameworks, we still require further support from a number of Contractors who have the skills, experience, expertise and capacity to support and meet the needs of the Catapult and its clients.

While, in general, we have good sightlines about many projects coming over the next 1 to 2 years that will need additional support, there are some limitations to consider:

New preferred list of Approved Contractors

Energy Systems Catapult’s ultimate aim is to create a new preferred list of Approved Contractors, and over time to develop some of the Approved Contractor’s into partners who can supplement the Catapult’s own work and the existing framework of suppliers/contractors to meet the future requirements of projects in the pipeline.

Please note that projects will normally fall under Research & Development or those which are fully funded through successful tendering opportunities.

Areas of Impact

This is not a comprehensive list, it does however provide an overview of the areas in which ESC work.

Our Areas of Expertise

We will be looking for partners and or sub-contractors to complement our existing skills and expertise detailed below.

Project Approach

Projects will be led by Energy Systems Catapult, with a key contact from the appropriate team being the main client interface. All work delivered should be in line with the Catapult’s brand guidelines. Most projects will require collaboration with internal Catapult teams and other external project partners.

Capability and Skills Required

We are looking for organisations or individuals who have the following experience:


If you would like to know more or request the “Associates application pack”, please email: procurement@es.catapult.org.uk

We are committed to procuring all our requirements in an efficient, fair, equitable, safe and environmentally conscious way.

Equal opportunities

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and are keen to work with suppliers that not only abide by equal opportunities legislation, but are delivering best practice in this area.

Environmental policies

As an environmentally conscientious business, we strive to work with suppliers that deliver services with the least possible impact on the environment. We purchase fewer environmentally damaging products, promote greater use of renewable sources, and work with suppliers who adopt environmentally friendly practices.

Health and safety

We are committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of our employees, and those who work for us. We will only award contracts to organisations who can prove they meet the required health and safety standards.

Complying with rules and regulations

Our policies and procedures comply with the appropriate UK and EU law, which governs our contracting activities for obtaining quotations and tenders, and awarding contracts. As a result of this we:

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