ATTENTION NEW BRUNSWICK SUPPLIERS!
Unsolicited Proposals Program
Do you have a new and market-ready product, service or solution that should be considered by the Government of New Brunswick (GNB) to deliver public sector programs or services?
If the answer is YES, consider submitting an application for the Government of New Brunswick’s Unsolicited Proposals Program.
About the Program
The purpose of the program is to allow companies to present unique and innovative products/services to government for consideration. The program is particularly interested in receiving proposals related to government’s current priorities, or that address significant government problems or needs. Government will generally only consider unsolicited proposals where both the proposal and its proponent have unique attributes such that others could not deliver a similar proposal.
There are no allocated funds for this program. It is simply intended for companies to create awareness for possible consideration, should government be in a position to purchase such goods or services in the future. A favourable evaluation of an unsolicited proposal does not in itself justify or imply the intention to establish a partnership or award a contract, nor does it imply the intention to circumvent a competitive bidding process.
What to Expect
Once you’ve submitted an unsolicited proposal, we’ll send you an acknowledgement email confirming reception. While we appreciate and will carefully consider all submissions, we will only follow-up on proposals that meet program criteria.
Depending on the complexity of your unsolicited proposal and the stakeholders involved in the evaluation, the process could take anywhere from several weeks to several months. Where an unsolicited proposal warrants further consideration, the company may also be invited to present their unsolicited proposal to the evaluation committee.
It is not anticipated that unsolicited proposals will be accepted in large numbers. Serious consideration will tend to be restricted to exceptional proposals which address significant governmental concerns or offer major technical or service delivery improvement opportunities. There are no guarantees that this program will lead to partnerships or contracts with the Government of New Brunswick.
What is an Unsolicited Proposal?
An unsolicited proposal (USP) is a written application for a new or innovative product, service, or idea that is submitted to Government for the purpose of obtaining a contract in the delivery of public sector services.
A valid USP must:
- be innovative and unique;
- be independently originated and developed by the offeror;
- be aligned with current government priorities;
- satisfy significant governmental needs or problems;
- be prepared without Government supervision, endorsement, direction, or direct Government involvement; and
- be more than a concept – the product, service, solution or idea must be market ready.
A USP is not a:
- response to a request for proposal issued by Government;
- mechanism for by-passing a competitive procurement process;
- advance proposal for a known upcoming government requirement to be procured by competitive methods, nor should it address previously published solicitations;
- process by which a for-profit or not-for-profit entity attains Government support for a private sector service; or
- mechanism to obtain financial support for research and development.
How proposals are assessed
We will carefully consider your unsolicited proposal before making a decision. We will assess submissions according to the following criteria:
- alignment with current government priorities;
- addresses significant governmental problem, issue or need;
- capability and capacity (i.e. the company has the experience, capability and capacity to carry out the proposal);
- value for money;
- impact on government resources; and
- risk allocation.
Note that a favourable evaluation of an unsolicited proposal does not in itself justify or imply the intention to establish a partnership or award a contract, nor does it imply the intention to circumvent a competitive bidding process.
Questions? Send us an email at USP.PNS@snb.ca
Click here to review the Terms and Conditions for the Submission of Unsolicited Proposals.
Click here to download the application form for GNB’s Unsolicited Proposals Program.