The State enters into annual contracts with vendors to acquire favorable prices for many frequently used items (commonly referred to as State contracts or term contracts). The State has contracts with several hundred suppliers, covering several thousand individual items. State term contracts may be accessed via the Materials Management's web site HERE.
All State agencies, including the University, are required to purchase needed items provided by the State contract from the contracting vendors. It is not permissible to purchase items similar to those on contract and designed to perform the same function from a non-contract source.