Vendor Information

All purchases at Northern Illinois University are made according to the provisions of the Illinois Procurement Code, the Procurement Rules of the chief procurement officer for Public Institutions of Higher Education and other applicable state and federal regulations.

Transactions Greater than $100,000 May Require Invitation for Bid (IFB) or Request for Proposals (RFP)


Additional Registration Considerations

  • All bids, as well as all awards and special notices, are advertised in the Illinois Procurement Bulletin – Public Institutions of Higher Education
  • This is a web-based Internet site available without charge to all potential bidders.
  • Notices for upcoming Invitation for Bids (IFB) and Requests for Proposals (RFP) appear in the Bulletin for a minimum of 15 days.
  • The university provides IFB's and RFP's, available for direct downloading by vendors. The Bulletin also carries notices for the other public universities in Illinois.
  • Illinois Procurement Bulletin vendor award notices issued by NIU.

The Business Enterprise Program for businesses owned by minorities, women, and persons with disabilities is committed to fostering an inclusive and competitive business environment that will help business enterprises increase their capacity, grow revenue, and enhance credentials.

Campus departments are encouraged to proactively consider qualified certified businesses owned by minorities, women, persons with disabilities, veterans, and small businesses for their contracting needs.

Why is vendor diversity important to NIU?

  • NIU's goal that is established by the BEP: buy at least 20 percent of goods and services from BEP-certified businesses
  • In order to meet NIU's goal, a campus-wide commitment is required from end-user departments, staff, faculty, administration, and the office of Procurement Services and Contract Management
  • State of Illinois Public Policy (30 ILCS 575/): Business Enterprise for Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities Act effective August 28, 1994.

Upcoming Events

The university is a tax-exempt institution and is not obligated to pay Illinois sales tax. The university is also exempt from sales tax in some other states. Learn more about NIU's tax exemption.

Contact Us

Procurement Services and Contract Management
Lowden Hall 107
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-6800 (FAX)