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Division of Finance and Administration

How to Buy at UC Merced

Request a purchase easily through DFA Service Catalog

The Center for Business Services and Solutions (CBS2) supports all campus procurement activity and has delegated authority to directly procure many commonly purchased goods and services on behalf of the campus. To request a purchase, submit a General Purchase Request in the DFA Service Catalog (ServiceNow). You can also contact your CBS2 representative with any questions. For high dollar value or complex purchases, CBS2 will work with central procurement and contracts staff to complete your purchase or contract. Contact CBS2 with any questions.

Shop directly from almost 30 pre-approved catalogs

To directly procure frequently purchased goods from a pre-approved supplier catalog you can complete training here and submit an access request here to be set up as a “Requisitioner” within our Bobcat Buy eProcurement Platform. Your chief administrative officer (CAO) will need to approve the request after you submit it. Once you have access you will be able to select items from over 30 catalogs and submit them directly into workflow to expedite purchase of your items.

Get help on a special project or large complex purchase

If you are working on a high-dollar or very complex purchase, or have a need to implement a new strategic contract for your unit than please contact our Strategic Sourcing & Special Projects team directly for assistance. Our staff will guide you through the process to ensure you get the best value from your procurement and comply with applicable requirements. Please contact Meagan Torres, Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager at