The State Procurement Office establishes an exemption to the South Carolina Consolidated Procurement Code for certain grant-related purchases. In order for a purchase to qualify for this exemption, the Grant must specify the specific item and vendor, or person (if a consultant) to be procured. A Grant Certification Form must be completed and sent along with the Purchase Requisition to Purchasing. This form lists the major equipment, subcontracts or consultant(s) that have been specifically named in the grant. The exemption may be applied and no further quotes or solicitations are required.
A Grant and Contract Procurement Exemption Form must be completed listing the principal investigator, the grant title, and the grant term. The major equipment item(s), information technology products and services, and other contractual services listed in the grant, specified by particular brand, vendor, institution or individual(s) must be certified as essential and critical to the successful completion of the project. Reasons why they are essential and/or critical must be stated on the form. The form must be signed and dated by the Principal Investigator, the Department Chair/Dean and by a representative of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. By signing, they attest that no collusion, favoritism or conflict of interest exists.