Exciting new opportunities in human and social science research

Are you an expert in human, behavioural or social sciences research? Maybe you’re a wizard with statistics and data science, or a skilled facilitator that can lead multidisciplinary workshops and research sandpits. Can your organisation find innovative solutions to defence and security research challenges?

We are looking for new members to join the 100+ SMEs, universities and major corporations which have already signed up to the Human Social Science Research Capability Framework.


What sort of opportunities exist?

We commission defence and security research and advisory tasks (ranging from £20k to £1m+) across six technical themes:

  • Personnel
  • Training and education
  • Humans in systems
  • Human performance
  • Understanding and influencing human behaviour
  • Health, wellbeing and enhancing medical systems and capabilities


Who are the HSSRC Framework’s Customers?

The framework is available to the Ministry of Defence and other UK Government departments including the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the College of Policing, and Departments for Education, Transport, International Trade and Work & Pensions.


Do suppliers need experience in defence or security?

We are keen to hear from organisations with expertise in delivering high-quality research across all sectors, and really value the different experience, perspectives and insights they can bring.


Are smaller suppliers really welcome?

Definitely! To date, 48% of research tasks by value have been awarded to SMEs, with 17% awarded to micro enterprises (those with fewer than 10 employees).


How does the HSSRC support suppliers?

We understand that suppliers, especially smaller organisations or those new to defence and security, might need some extra support. Our small and approachable project team is here to help by:

  • Responding promptly to any questions you might have
  • Providing guidance on what a proposal should contain
  • Publishing the assessment criteria that are used to inform competition decisions
  • Offering constructive feedback on proposals
  • Running regular face-to-face engagements and networking events


In addition, once a task has been awarded, technical leads from the HSSRC Framework and our customer organisations will be available to support new suppliers and provide domain-specific knowledge.


How do I take part?

We run regular competitions, with new opportunities published to all members. Our suppliers have a wide range of complementary skills and experience, and we encourage them to work together in multidisciplinary teams to address research challenges – the regular networking events are a great way to meet and share ideas with other suppliers.

 If you would like more information on the HSSRC or are interested in joining the supplier network, please get in touch with the team at hssrc@baesystems.com.