Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Health Research
Board (HRB), hereinafter referred to as the Contracting
Authorities, wish to tender for the provision of audit services
for a three-year period.
The purpose of this document is to assist the Contracting
Authorities to establish a multi-supplier Framework
Agreement with professional service firms.
The Contracting Authorities are seeking to put in place a
Framework Agreement, with a panel of at least four
professional service firms (framework members) for the
provision of selected audit services. The framework
agreement will be for the delivery of the following services:
Joint External Award Audits (for SFI and HRB)
The objectives of the audit may vary, depending on the
nature of the award and/or the specific circumstances giving
rise to the audit. However, in general, the main objective of
each audit will be to determine whether adequate controls
are in place to ensure compliance with the financial terms
and conditions of an award, including whether:
• All reporting of expenditure is true, complete and
• Expenditure is in accordance with the approved budget,
• Expenditure is reasonable and necessary,
• All award assets are safeguarded and detailed
supporting records maintained, and
• Applicable general terms & conditions have been
complied with for the duration of the award.
The audit objectives do not include an assessment of
scientific progress, which is evaluated by the Funding
Agencies through a separate process.
Panel members must be capable of delivering high-quality
audits, providing excellent customer service, and have
significant experience in auditing research based awards.
The anticipated duration of the Framework Agreement will be
three (3) years, with the option to extend for a further twelve
months at the sole discretion of the Contracting Authorities.