All procurement for materials, goods, commodities, leases (including equipment or real property), licenses (including software or electronic journals) and services, regardless of the source of funds must comply with the university’s procurement policies.

In order to assist you, we have established a set of guidelines to follow to foster competitive procurement.

Competitive procurement is the acquisition of materials, goods, commodities, real property, leases, licenses or services through fair and open competition. Invitations to bid, requests for proposals (RFPs), requests for quotes (RFQs), or a combination of these “invitations” are competitive procurement.


UMass Lowell Competitive Requirements

The chart below will help you identify the level of competitive procurement necessary for any procurement:

AmountConsultative & Operational ServicesCommodity
Under $10kSOWCopy of Quote
$10k to $50kContract for Services with SOWThree Quotes or Approved Contract
Over $50kFormal BidFormal Bid or Approved Contract