The key RED market sectors are:
  • Defence
  • Central Government & Government Agencies
  • UK Industry


RED provides services to the MoD and its agencies, including the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Much of the work conducted by RED consists of Research and Development away from our Customers' sites on a fixed price basis. The mainstay of the work is technical studies and analysis undertaken by our growing in-house technical team, but also utilising sub-contracts from amongst members of the RED Network to form R&D teams.

In addition, we undertake MoD-related work on customer sites through Manpower Enabling Contracts such as the Crown Commercial Service's CL1 arrangement. This contracting vehicle exists to service peak technical demands which cannot be resourced by MoD internally. RED maintains a large pool of security cleared technical resources to support this demand, as well as providing us with excellent resources to support project teams.

Central Government & Agencies

RED has undertaken work for a number of central government departments and government Agencies, including the Department for Transport (DfT), DEFRA, the Home Office, the NHS, the Cabinet Office, ODPM, the HSE, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (inc. BERR and DTI), the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and WRAP. Our offerings include statistical analysis, qualitative and quantitative analysis, modelling and a range of other decision support services. For WRAP and the CAA in particular the focus has been R&D activities and technical studies.

During the last year RED has started supporting the BBC and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories with Operational Research and Mathematical Modelling services.

UK Industry

Much of RED's work for UK Industry is within the Defence and Security Sector, often for the large defence 'primes'. There is a trend in Government towards letting fewer, but larger, framework contracts and, in particular, research programmes, which only these larger companies can lead. However, Government Policy is to encourage the use of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) by the large defence primes to undertake work on the programmes.

Many of these larger programme contracts stipulate that at least 25% to 33% of the work should be undertaken by SMEs and, as a result, RED is a regular research partner for many of the prime organisations. The two main Defence Primes for MoD Research funding are QinetiQ and BAE Systems and both seek to include a number of SMEs in their proposals. Thus, RED are members of 4 BAE Systems and 3 QinetiQ-led Research Programmes.

RED also supports Industry in their support to MoD's Development work, especially in the area of procurement.

RED's Routes to Market

Across all of our market sectors, RED uses a focused series of routes to market that allow us to work with our customers. Some of these require our qualification for Frameworks and others use various customer-led Programmes, but our focus is always on the most pragmatic mechanism for contracting available for a given market.

The best way to discover RED's routes to market is by getting in touch, but a summary of some of the key and most recent routes to market is provided below:

MOD DE&S Framework Agreement for Technical Support (FATS)

Pan-Government with Defence focus


RED is a long established FATS provider and one of only a small number of SME organisations who regularly engage on this framework.

FATS can be used by the MOD and wider Government acquisition community for the effective procurement of technical support. This means buying technical support where it doesn’t exist in house for the following:

  • Technical Studies.  Research based activities including studies, prototyping and technical demonstrators.
  • Technical Support. Project based activities including technical services, concept design and development, in-service support activities and operational support.
  • Engineering Support. Task based activities including Post Design Services (PDS), calibration, analysis and integration.

RED is one of the largest category holders on the current FATS Design and Engineering (D&E) framework.

Additionally, the Specialist Technical Support (STS) Broad Capability Areas held by RED are:

  • Platforms, Weapons & Energetic Materials
  • Airworthiness Management
  • Safety Management
  • Environmental Management
  •  Maritime Safety

Dstl Analysis Support Construct

BAE Systems CORDA Managed Framework on behalf of Dstl


This Framework replaced Dstl’s separate Think Tank, Operational Analysis (OA) & Cost Frameworks. The four areas covered are:

  • Lot 1. Policy & Strategy Decision Support
  • Lot 2. Enterprise Level Decision Support
  • Lot 3. Capability & Investment Decision Support
  • Lot 4. Operational Analysis (OA) Methods, Models & Tools

RED is a Tier one supplier on this Framework and provides Customer Friend support in the areas of Strategy & Policy and the Joint Military Environment.

The framework is available for use by wider government.

Niteworks Partnership

BAE Systems managed Partnership on behalf of MOD


Niteworks LogoNiteworks is a partnership between the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), including the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl), and Industry.

The Programme provides decision support to enhance current and future capability and ensure that capability decisions are informed by relevant subject-matter expertise. Activities include: Requirements Definition, Cost/Capability Trade-Offs, Cross DLOD-Trades, Concept Capability Demonstrators, Experimentation, Modelling & Visualisation.

RED has been a Niteworks partner since July 2009.

MOD ISTAR Concepts and Solutions Programme

QinetiQ managed Programme on behalf of Dstl (MOD)


The ISTAR Concepts and Solutions (ICS) Programme was initiated in July 2011 by the ISTAR and Sensors (I&S) Domain within the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Programme Office, part of Dstl.  ICS will enable Science and Technology to take a whole-systems approach in addressing MOD Unified Customer problems and issues across the ISTAR enterprise.

C4ISR Secure Information Infrastructure & Services R&D Services Framework

QinetiQ managed Framework on behalf of MOD


Provision of research in Command Control, Communications, Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) including Network services, Communications, Information assurance, Knowledge Management and information exploitation.

Contingent Labour ONE (CL1) Framework

Pan Government Framework


Operated by the Neutral Vendor, Capita Business Services, RED supports Lot 1: Interim Managers and Specialist Contractors.


Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS)

Crown Commercial Services Pan Government Framework


The Digital Marketplace is transforming the way the public sector commissions digital and cloud services, by making it simpler, clearer and faster for them to buy what they need.

All public sector organisations, including agencies and arm’s length bodies, can use the Digital Marketplace to find and buy cloud-based services, specialists who can work on digital projects and physical data centre space.

Research Cloud (R-Cloud)



RED is registered on the R-Cloud framework in the following areas:

  • Human Capability, which covers areas including: Personnel, Human Factors Integration and Understanding and influencing human behaviour.
  • C4ISR, in areas including: Command and Control, C4ISR Systems and Experimentation, Information Processing, Communications, Sensors and Intelligence & GEOINT.
  • Cyber, which covers Cyber Defence of MoD Platforms and Systems & Situational Awareness of Cyber-Space.
  • Platform Systems, which is divided into themes that include: Underpinning Capabilities; Systems Engineering (SE) & Integration; Defence Architectures; Information & Intelligence SE; Software SE; Navigation Systems
  • Research into Counter Terrorism and Security, which is divided into several themes: Device Diagnostics and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Explosives Detection and Identification, Neutralise and Counter Terrorist Networks.
  • Integrated Survivability, covering four themes: Integrating capabilities, including modelling & simulation; Susceptibility, the avoidance of detection and engagement; Vulnerability, the survival if hit & Recoverability, the ability to reconstitute military functions.


Pan-Government Framework with multiple suppliers.


The G-Cloud Framework is a cross government initiative led by the Ministry of Justice and supported by the Home Office as part of the Government’s ICT Strategy. The initial focus is on introducing cloud ICT services into government departments, local authorities and the wider public sector via the G-Cloud procurement framework. The 1st G-Cloud Framework commenced in 2012 and is ongoing with regular refresh activities.

Cyber Security Services Framework

Pan Government Framework with multiple suppliers


The Cyber Security Services (CSS) Framework is a new framework to provide government departments, local authorities and the wider public sector with a range of CESG Cyber Security Consultancy certified suppliers who have the capability to deliver cyber services that:

  • meet the CESG baseline for business processes;
  • meet CESG technical standards; and,
  • are delivered professionally.

RED provides services under the following Lots:

  • Lot 1 – Policy & Standards
  • Lot 2 – Risk Assessment
  • Lot 3 – Risk Management
  • Lot 6 – Audit & Review

Home Office

Home Office


Research and Analysis services to Home Office, Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA). RED is a preferred supplier having previously been a Framework supplier pre ConsultancyONE.

Defra & Food Standards Agency



RED is a preferred supplier of Research and Analysis services to Defra and the Food Standards Agency having previously been a Framework supplier to WRAP.

Bluelightworks Partnership

Public Safety Services


bluelightworks_logoBluelightworks is a service that supports public safety, criminal justice and bluelight organisations when they make strategic decisions about their processes and procurement. It helps them make informed choices by providing evidence compiled by experienced practitioners from industry, academia and trade associations.