Purchasing Services

Purchasing provides the University with effective and responsive life cycle procurement practices. See our Mission and Vision for more information.

Items of Interest

  • VendorNet Changes Requiring Your Action!

    As an agency of the State of Wisconsin, the UW Madison uses the VendorNet system to alert registered vendors of certain Requests for Bid (RFB) solicitations, Requests for Proposals (RFP) solicitations, contract renewals, or new contract opportunities. There are changes coming to this system in the fall of 2017. If you are actively engaged in transacting business with the UW Madison, any other UW System campus or state agency, you will need to take proactive action in order to continue to receive notifications of newly posted procurement solicitations or notices. Visit the Vendor Information page for details.

  • Notice to Suppliers: Fraudulent Purchase Order Email Activity

    Beware of fraudulent email scams involving purchase orders and requests for product quotations that claim to originate from the University of Wisconsin.

  • Purchasing Workshops Available
    Dates and times for all available face-to-face training sessions are listed on our Training page. We offer a number of sessions during the semester, including an Overview and intermediate topics on Processing Requisitions, Managing Encumbrances, and How to Purchase Goods and Services.

  • Purchasing System Inquiry
    The Purchasing System Inquiry system allows users to search the purchasing database for information on requisitions, PO encumbrances, and spend.

  • Discussion Board/Forum for Lab Managers

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    If you are UW-Madison lab manager, research administrator/staff, departmental purchasing shop, or center coordinator, please consider connecting with others around campus using the new message board “forum.labs.wisc.edu”. Harness the collective wisdom from the hundreds of labs across campus and engage creatively with each other.

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