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Procurement Services

The School of Natural Sciences Procurement Services team facilitaties all student, staff, and faculty purchase requests. We know that your time is valuable and we are here to help simplify policy intricacies and guide you through the procurement process. Our goal is to provide skilled procurement services with a 24 hour* turnaround time. 

We can help with:

  • Questions regarding vendor quotes
  • Order status updates
  • Learning about contracted and preferred vendors
  • Vendor invoice resolution
  • Procurement of software, office and lab supplies (chemicals, computers, tools, paper, pens, etc)
  • Landline and cell phone setup and upgrades
  • UC Merced Bookstore recharges
  • Publication payments
  • Service & maintenance requests

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SNS Procurement Cards (PCards)

SNS faculty have the opportunity to apply for a UC Merced Procurement Card (Pcard) which is managed by the School of Natural Sciences. Card holders can use their PCard to make necessary business purchases when time constraints do not allow for placing orders within the CatBuy Workflow Ordering System. PCards can also be used when in-store inspections are required or to make immediate purchases when our office is closed. 

PCard applications may be accessed here. Simply fill out the Applicant Information section, list a default account and sign pages 3 and 5. Return the signed application to Our team will finalize the application and obtain the required departmental signatures. Your application will then be submitted and your card will be ordered. Your card will be made available to you after an initial training session hosted by the UC Merced Procurement Department. 

Click here to learn more about the PCard process.

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*Most orders are processed in Granada within 24 hours of approval. Orders requiring special approval or with special circumstances may take longer.