UVM Purchasing Services negotiates contracts with suppliers in order to secure the best pricing, terms, and service to all users within the University. Beyond pricing, the University has negotiated many other benefits, including guaranteed performance levels, no-hassle return policies, free delivery, volume incentives, and liability and insurance protection.

The University encourages doing business with minority-, and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBE) whenever possible. See the State of Vermont's directory of self-certified (M/WBEs).

How do I purchase goods and services?

See the Purchasing & Payment Methods Quick Reference Guide (PDF)

UVM’s Contracted Supplier List (Excel) includes pricing agreements, and approved, mandated and preferred contracts that have been competitively bid by the University of Vermont, the State of Vermont (SOV), or one of our member consortia (E&I, MHEC).

By purchasing from UVM's contracted suppliers, you take maximum advantage of UVM's purchasing power and support our ability to negotiate improved pricing and terms in the future. Use of mandated suppliers is required and Purchasing Services strongly encourages the patronage of our preferred suppliers and pricing agreement partners.

If you don't see what you are looking for or have questions about specific commodities and/or services, please contact the applicable Purchasing & Contracting Specialist who can help you choose a supplier.


Due to new Uniform Guidance requirements effective July 1, 2018, all purchases between $10,001 - $25,000 directly charged or transferred to a Sponsored Project (GCA01) require a minimum of two quotes from different suppliers prior to the purchase. If two quotes are not obtained, the charge will not be allowed on a sponsored project as a direct charge or cost transfer from other funds  and  the PI's department or the Dean’s office will be responsible for the expense.

Exception: If the purchase is deemed a single/sole source or an approved contracted supplier is used the two-quote minimum is not required. See UVM’s Contracted Supplier List (Excel), which includes contracts that are competitively bid by the University of Vermont, the State of Vermont (SOV), or one of the purchasing consortiums of which UVM is a member.

Additional information can be found in the Uniform Guidance Requirements on Small Sponsored Project Purchases FAQs (PDF).