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UPDATE: Liquid Helium Shortage

AirGas, UConn’s primary contracted supplier, has announced a national shortage of liquid helium. As such, AirGas has reduced the allocation of helium to the university, and has increased the price by 30%. Given current research needs, the new allocation will not meet the university’s demand. Despite challenges, Purchasing is working diligently to ensure UConn’s need is met. AirGas has offered to inspect installations and provide recommendations on conservation and loss-reduction. We will provide further updates as supply becomes readily available. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Liquid Helium Shortage Letter


Guidelines for Surplus & Equipment Share Opportunities

The terms and conditions of sponsored awards may have specific requirements for the acquisition of equipment, such as the National Science Foundation, which requires that before equipment is purchased the grantee assures the same or similar equipment is not otherwise reasonably available and accessible.  Further, 2 CFR OMB part 200 Uniform Guidance 200.318 lays out the requirements for equipment purchases with federal funds.  The rationale for these regulations is that shared use of existing equipment promotes availability of equipment on university campuses, reduces unnecessary duplication of equipment, and frees up federal funds to further the aims and objectives of the award.

For more information download Guidelines for Surplus & Equipment Share Opportunities


Water Cooler Guidelines

The University has adopted a new guideline as it pertains to the purchase of bottled water coolers.  The guideline helps promote sustainability and cost containment values, and brings the University in alignment with practices at other State of Connecticut agencies as previously established by the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) pertaining to bottled water purchasing.  For additional information, please contact Kristin Allen in Procurement Services at 860-486-0970 kristin.allen@uconn.edu.

Water Cooler Guidelines


Introducing SMBeConnect

SMBe Connect

UConn's SMBeConnect Tool

UConn Procurement Services has launched a new SMBeConnect tool on our Supplier Diversity (USDP) website. It is designed, primarily, to assist small/minority business enterprises (S/MBEs) seeking to conduct business here at the University, by connecting them directly with the buying team responsible for managing their particular commodity(ies).

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Fraudulent Toner Activity Alert

Procurement Services has recently been made aware of fraudulent activity relating to the “alleged” purchase of toner, printing supplies and/or service.  It appears that someone has been calling departments on campus to discuss a “placed” order and seeking to verify address delivery information.   Please be advised that this is fraudulent and you should not provide such requested information.    (more…)


Road Name Change – Effective January 4, 2016

Our road name has changed from North Hillside Road to Discovery Drive.

Our new address is: 3 Discovery Drive, Unit 6076 Storrs, CT 06269-6076.



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860.486.2619
860.486.5051
3 Discovery Drive Unit 6076, Storrs, CT 06269-6076
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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