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Tendering to European XFEL

The European XFEL is a research facility in the Hamburg area of Germany, which generates intense X-ray flashes. These X-ray flashes will allow scientists to map atomic details of viruses, film chemical reactions and study the processes in the interior of planets, among many other applications.

How to access opportunities at European XFEL

Procurement processes at European XFEL GmbH follow the German national and European public tender rules, laws, and regulations.

Tenders above a certain value (currently 221k€) are published in the Supplement of the Official Journal of the European Union TED (Tenders Electronic Daily). Those published in TED include an abbreviated English translation.

For lower value tenders (currently <221k€) German national rules apply; all tenders considered national are announced on a national/federal website called “Bundesanzeiger”.

Some calls for tender related to the linear accelerator, which is operated by DESY, are administrated by DESY’s procurement group, in accordance to the operations agreement between DESY and European XFEL.

The Industry Liaison Officers (ILO) of each member country are informed by email of all XFEL tenders with a value >50k€. The STFC Business Opportunities Team is the UK’s ILO, and opportunities are advertised via STFC’s Tender Opportunities service. To receive opportunities by sector please register here.

Contracts are usually awarded on the basis of Best Value for Money.


For more information please contact the UK’s Industry Liaison Officer:

Laura Sewell
Tel: +44 (0)1793 442190

If you need help with export please visit the Department for International Trade’s website.

Useful Links

STFC tender opportunities service

European XFEL website

European XFEL procurement page

STFC European XFEL webpage

European XFEL contact information

DESY call for tenders

Last updated: 25 October 2018


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