As a part of the Strategic Sourcing initiative, Procurement & Supplier Diversity Services (PSDS) is making it easier for researchers to get the goods, equipment and services they need and reducing the need for sole source justification.
PSDS has greatly increased the number of research supply vendors under contract (over 70 so far). Orders with contract vendors satisfy competitive requirements and automatically create purchase orders without PSDS intervention. Researchers can take advantage of initial discounts negotiated with contract vendors, based on spend totals from the Virginia Association of State College and University Purchasing Professionals.
New vendors may submit proposals during the open enrollment period of January through March.
Researchers can check on the contract status of vendors they use by visiting the PSDS Contracts page (contract vendors are designated by the “Contract C” in the Marketplace). If they work with a preferred vendor who is not already a contract vendor, they may submit a request or email Kristin Floyd in Procurement; she will contact the vendor to solicit a request for proposal during the open enrollment period.
All current requests for proposal are available on the public postings page.