Frameworks, DPS and procurement

Approved framework agreements and dynamic purchasing systems (DPS) to help you save time and money.

We work with carefully selected suppliers to agree terms that benefit our members, whilst still delivering a service specified to local requirements, and supporting local decision making and accountability.

We'll also support you in accessing DPS and framework agreements and can provide specialist procurement advice and OJEU regulations guidance.

How you can benefit

  • Cost savings for members through collaborative spend savings and reduced administrative costs
  • Time savings as there is no need to carry out a full procurement process and call-offs allow for reduced timescales between identifying a need and fulfilling it
  • Legal compliance has been proven
  • Negotiated terms which suit our customers' needs and pro-forma contracts reduce the amount of time and legal input needed from members
  • Flexibility through the use of direct award to first ranked suppliers on certain frameworks or mini-competition for DPSs or more complex or larger requirements


Cyber security


Web filtering and monitoring

A range of web filtering and monitoring solutions enabling you to apply your web use policies, with the most appropriate technology and toolset for your organisation



Telephony purchasing service

Purchase a range of telephony services with added reassurance of fast and reliable data transfer over the Janet Network


Shared data centre

Save money, improve energy efficiency and get the scalability you need – by moving systems and services to off-site data centres


Janet txt

A secure SMS messaging service to manage and distribute messages to individuals or groups


GÉANT IaaS framework

An EU-compliant procurement framework for cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS)


Data archiving framework

A highly secure, easy-to-use and cost-effective data archiving service for research and education

Data and analytics

Learning analytics purchasing service

This operates as a fully electronic DPS and reduces the timescale, and therefore cost, of procurement, when compared to traditional static frameworks.

Help and advice

What is a framework?

A framework is an ‘umbrella’ agreement with one or more suppliers for the purchase of goods or services that institutions are able to use.

What is a DPS?

A dynamic purchasing system (DPS) is a procedure available for contracts for works, services and goods commonly available on the market. As a procurement tool, it has some aspects that are similar to an electronic framework agreement, but where new suppliers can join at any time.

What is procurement?

Procurement is the process of acquiring goods and services, from an external source. The process spans the whole lifecycle from identification of needs, through to the end of a works or services contract.