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
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
On behalf of the Controller’s office
The annual notice of financial year-end deadlines for contracts, commitments, expenditures and other transactions is located at the following link: Fiscal Year End Deadlines 6/30/2019. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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.