Deadline for Tech Fee proposals is Monday

by Randy Hollowell, IT Services

It’s hard to believe we are already a month into the first semester, and likewise, it is hard to believe the deadline for Student Technology Fee Competitive Proposal Process (Tech Fee) proposals is also upon us. Proposals are currently being accepted through the application portal, but only until the close of business on Monday, September 23.

Proposals can be submitted by any student, faculty member, staff member, group or department on the Oxford campus. The complete schedule for FY20 is available at

""Proposal Guidelines

This year, a total of $525,000 in Tech Fee funding is available. Committee members are looking for innovative or significant ideas that clearly benefit students. The guidelines define significant in two ways: impacting a large number of students or having a deep impact on a smaller number.

Your project may directly relate to academics or may be part of the broader Miami experience, making students’ lives better or more productive. Both graduate and undergraduate-focused proposals are encouraged.

Purchasing Guidelines

Please be aware that all purchases made with Tech Fee funding are subject to relevant University policies. Compliance reviews will include Procurement (per the Purchasing Handbook), an IT Services technical review and an accessibility review (in accordance with Miami’s Accessible Technology Policy).

The Office of Strategic Procurement has asked that individuals involved with preparing proposals, including all software/hardware purchases, consult with Procurement early in the process for contract and vendor management in order to ensure best pricing, terms, and avoid any potential delays.

Proposals may be submitted for Tech Fee review utilizing a single quote for cost estimation and budgeting. Purchase requests upon award will not be processed unless they comply with Section 2.01 or 2.03 of the Purchasing Handbook. Please contact the Office of Strategic Procurement if you have questions.

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