ESO, the European Southern Observatory, builds and operates a suite of the world's most advanced ground-based astronomical telescopes. ESO has an annual budget of 135M€, and is poised to begin the construction of the billion Euro ELT (Extremely Large Telescope) project, which represents numerous multi-million Euro opportunities for UK companies.
ESO has its headquarters in Garching, Germany, and operates three major sites in Chile. Major facilities include the VLT (Very Large Telescope) and ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre Array) (in the final stages of construction).
ESO regularly procure elements in fields including:
ESO generally procures through competitive tenders, awarding contracts only to the lowest price technically compliant bid. Single source tenders are extremely rare, except for small value procurements.
ESO's Contracts and Procurement Department webpage provides detailed information on:
Notifications of imminent calls are circulated by the UK Industry Liaison Officer (ILO) via the STFC tender list. Please register here if you wish to receive these tender notifications. Small value procurements are processed internally by ESO, using their in-house supplier database. To ensure that your details are maintained on this database, please contact the UK ILO.
UK companies interested in doing business with ESO should contact the UK ILO:
UK Industry Liaison Officer for ESO
Tel: +44 (0)131 668 8272