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Purchasing Policy

Before making purchases on behalf of the university, please review the Purchasing and Payment Policy and Procedures document.

Northwestern Statement on Uniform Guidance

Northwestern's procurement policy is intended to be consistent with the Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP), OMB Circular A-110, OMB Circular A-21 (CAS - Federal Cost Accounting Standards), and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). University departments/schools will ensure that each transaction is classified or defined as an allowable expenditure on a specific chart string. For sponsored programs, certain purchases may be unallowable. The University, as provided by the waiver of procurement rules stated in COFAR FAQ, Section 110-6, released November 26, 2014, has delayed implementation of the Uniform Guidance Procurement Standards until August 31, 2018. In the interim, the OMB Circulars will apply to grants and cooperative agreements.