Before being processed each payment or commitment to purchase is reviewed by the Purchasing office, and in certain instances the Office of Research Programs (ORP), to ensure that the materials or services being ordered comply with the project budget, and are consistent with sponsor regulations and The Research Foundation (RF) policy.
In order for ORP and the Purchasing Department to better serve you, please:
Project directors are encouraged to review the award balance prior to submitting the request. The award balance can be viewed via RF's “PI Award Interface” function. Please contact ORP for access and questions on the PI Award Interface.
The Purchase Order Process
To submit a purchase request, please complete The Research Foundation's purchase requisition. The completed purchase requisition is to be forwarded to the Purchasing Office in 100 Bray for review and approval.
If a formal purchase order is required, the following backup documentation is required to be attached to the purchase requisition:
If the total requisition amount is...
then the project director or appropriate operating location office must obtain...
up to $50,000
Discretionary purchasing without formal competition, but requires justification for the selection and reasonableness of price..
Note: The pricing policies of suppliers used for procurements within this range should be reviewed periodically and the results maintained in a supplier procurement file.
$50,000 to $100,000
a minimum of three written or verbal quotes.
a minimum of three written bids or proposals.
Refer to the following block, "Sealed Bids or Proposals."
When Bids and Proposals are Not Required
Bids or proposals are not required for procurements of any amount made under state contracts or through campus central stores and service centers.
When Bids and Proposals are Required
For all other procurements, bids or proposals are required based on the total dollar amount of the purchase requisition. The above table shows the requirements for the solicitation of bids and proposals.
The Purchasing Department will handle sending procurements out to bid and advertising in the NYS Contract Reporter. Purchasing will also seek additional quotes and check to see if orders are on NYS Contract.
"Sealed Bids or Proposals"
The sealed bid or proposal process includes the following: preparing and distribution of the solicitation using specifications received from the Procuring Department; receiving the bids or proposals; opening and evaluating the bids or proposals in a meeting; and selecting a supplier. This is conducted in partnership by the PI and SUNY ESF's Purchasing Department.
As a non-profit organization, the Research Foundation is exempt from New York State and local sales and use taxes. Please see instructions.
Industrial and Commercial Supplies and Equipment
The College takes advantage of an online ordering system from a state contract vendor which sells products under Group 39000 titled, "Industrial and Commercial Supplies". You must complete the online Registration Form to gain access to this system. Users are also reminded to contact our sales representative, George Plew, at (607) 743-5566 on any orders over $2,000 to request that better pricing be loaded onto the system if it is available. The entire product offering is available in PDF format on their website and usually has very quick turnaround. When using your Department PCard, no forms are needed but departments are expected to ensure that all items have been received in a satisfactory manner. If items are not received in a satisfactory manner, please notify the Office of Purchasing. Please note that this ordering system is also available through the Research Funded portion of the Purchasing and Contracts website. To place an order click here.
Equipment is defined as an item with a value of $5,000 or more that has a useful life of more than one year. The cost of an item includes the cost of any expenses necessary to have the item in working order. These expenses include installation, shipping, modifications, attachments, accessories, or apparatus necessary to make it usable for the purpose acquired. If a sponsor regulation defines equipment differently or with a lower dollar threshold that definition and lower dollar threshold will apply to purchases on that specific award.
The purchase requisition should provide detail such as manufacturer, model number, vendors who can supply the product and it should note any required features/specifications. The information provided on the requisition should be detailed enough to ensure that the award can be made to a vendor meeting all of the features/specifications.
If the equipment is purchased with state and Research funds, the equipment will become the property of the State of New York. A State purchase requisition must be submitted. The State and Research accounts must be noted on the requisition and be accompanied by the appropriate signature for the State and Research accounts. The nature of such an order requires the Office of Purchasing to follow both State and Research procurement regulations and guidelines. A state purchase order will be issued to the vendor with the Research account being referenced. A Research Foundation purchase order is issued to the state for the Research Foundation portion of the purchase.
Section _ .44 of the White House Office of Management and Budget Circular A-110 requires the establishment of procedures that assure the avoidance of “purchasing unnecessary items". Prior to the procurement of items in excess of $25,000, a search will be conducted of campus inventory by the Property Control Officer. The project director is responsible to ensure that purchases are appropriate and necessary to the conduct of their project.
Some specific lab situations require the purchase of refrigerators and freezers. Personal use appliances usually found in kitchens cannot be purchased using Research Funds unless certain criteria are met. Kitchen appliances require prior approval by the Purchasing Agent based on a justification that meets established sponsor and/or OMB guidelines.