Research Commons

Sponsored Programs Procurement Planning and Sourcing

The Grants Shared Services Center (GSSC) staff hold office hours to help guide researchers and support staff through complex procurement issues such as planning and sourcing. Sessions are intended to help investigators, research staff, students and their faculty advisors identify complex procurement issues and develop a plan that meets their procurement needs. It’s recommended to set up a consultation early in the proposal/award process, but consultations are available and beneficial at any point during the award lifecycle:

  • Prior to proposal submission
  • Prior to/during award setup
  • Post-award Researchers can get assistance with:
    • Developing procurement/acquisition plans
    • Identifying subawards vs. purchase order agreements
    • Assistance with federal contract requirements such as small business subcontracting plans and/or acquisition plans
    • Assistance with complex procurements, including:
      • Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) funded purchases
    • RFx for competitive procurements i.e. Request for Information (RFI), Request for Proposal (RFP), Request for Quote (RFQ), and Request for Bid (RFB)
  • Noncompetitive procurements
  • Purchases over the simplified acquisition threshold of $250K
  • Construction projects

Researchers seeking assistance with operational issues should contact the GSSC general email at