Many sponsors require that grantees make efforts to utilize small, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses whenever possible. In addition, recipients of sponsored awards must comply with applicable state, federal, sponsor, and university requirements for procuring goods and services when funds from these sources are used.
These requirements may include the need for sponsor approval prior to acquisition of goods or services.
OMB Circular A-110, Section 44(b) states:
"Positive efforts shall be made by recipients to utilize small businesses, minority-owned firms, and women's business enterprises, whenever possible. Recipients of Federal awards shall take all of the following steps to further this goal.
New York State contracts that are over $1 million incorporate the Omnibus Procurement Act of 1992 whereby Cornell must state that it "has made reasonable efforts to encourage the participation of New York State Business Enterprises as suppliers and subcontractors, including certified minority and women-owned business enterprises, on this project, and has retained the documentation of these efforts to be provided upon request to the State."
Other New York State agencies, such as the Department of Environmental Conservation, have specific goals for Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) participation.
If you are unsure of the requirements of your award, please contact Sponsored Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or the accountant for your award.
For assistance with identifying diverse vendors, please contact Cornell Procurement Services at email@example.com or (607) 254-5300.