The mission of Procurement, a department within Procurement Services, is to directly support RISD's educational, environmental and administrative needs. We are dedicated to assisting the college community with the timely and cost-effective procurement of goods and services through the negotiation of special pricing agreements, terms and negotiated contracts. A centralized procurement process, with competitive bidding, maximizes the college's leverage and purchasing power, ensuring best value for end users.

Procurement also oversees the Procurement Card program and the Travel Management Program. Please see the appropriate links for more information about how to obtain RISD travel rates and links to partner travel agencies.

For departments interested in retaining the services of an independent contractor, please refer to the appropriate process to create an independent contractor agreement.

Procurement Guidelines

Controller Policies

Spending Guidelines 2023-2024 Academic Year

Contract Managment procesures can be found on the Contract Management page.

RISD Issued Credit Card Information

When deemed necessary by their department, faculty and staff members have the ability to apply for RISD issued credit cards. RISD offers a purchasing card for goods and services and/or a travel and entertainment card.

Requests for new RISD T&E and P-Cards are submitted via the "RISD Credit Card/Credit Line Request Form" in etrieve. (link below).

RISD Credit Card Request Form

Credit Card: User Guide

Controller's Office Policies

Which credit card is best for me?

Requests for Proposal (RFPs)

Rhode Island School of Design has the following RFP/bid opportunities available. Please review the documents and respond appropriately.

Document and attachments Title/description Pre-bid/RFP meeting dates Due date

Vendor RFP questions (Excel file download)
Request for Proposal—Project Open Door study October 18, 2022
submit questions about RFP by 4 pm
November 1, 2022

Vendor RFP questions (Excel file download)
Request for Proposal—RISD Laundry Services and Maintenance December 1, 2021 January 14, 2022

Request for Information—Multi-state Employment Consultant n/a January 6, 2022

RISD preferred/contracted vendors

  • Poland Springs
  • WB Mason
  • B&H Photo
  • Grainger
  • Shred-it
  • Newport Tent Company
  • Connection (formerly Gov Connection)
  • Whalley Computer Associates
  • Zoom
  • For further information on the above vendors please contact

    Additional vendor discounts and programs:

    • Home Depot: save up to 20% on all qualifying paint and primer purchases. Contact to sign up.
    • Lowes: save up to 7% on all qualifying purchases. Contact to sign up.
    • Amazon Business: benefit from tax exempt status, free prime shipping on eligible items, and a 2 - 5% discount on all qualifying items. Contact to sign up.

    For furniture purchases please contact

    For procurement card/travel + entertainment card inquiries please contact