Register as an External Research Consultant

The Scottish Parliament's in-house research specialists SPICe (Scottish Parliament Information Centre) are offering researchers the opportunity to put forward their names for future possible research contracts.

Expertise may be required in health, education, business, law and order, and a variety of other specialisms. Indeed if it falls within the remit of the Parliament there may be a future research contract opportunity in that area.

SPICe is responsible for providing all MSPs and parliamentary committees with direct research support on a broad range of subjects. Where appropriate SPICe can commission external organisations to carry out specific pieces of research.

Much of the work done in SPICe is generated by the Parliament's committees. The committees shoulder the main burden of responsibility for scrutinising government policy and legislation and consideration of relevant subjects. As a result they rely upon specialist support for information and research on topical issues. Once a committee identifies the research that it requires, it falls to SPICe to commission and manage that body of work.

Research work is commissioned by way of selective competitive tendering.

The information submitted will be used by SPICe to inform decisions about which contractors to invite to tender. Please note that registering on the external research database does not guarantee an invitation to tender.

Online registration form for advisers and researchers

Should you wish your name to be removed from the register at any point please email SPICe, at

If you would prefer a hard copy of the form, or have any queries please contact SPICe on 0131 348 5300.

Registration form