For Researchers

Equipment FAQs

How do I purchase a piece of equipment?

Please refer to the SPA website for further information.  All equipment purchases are made with a requisition which can be initiated by ISU faculty or staff.  Please check with your department when you are ready to purchase a piece of equipment to verify your department’s procedure.

How do I buy lab and other research supplies for my project?

Please refer to the Procurement Services website for further information.  Iowa State University uses the CyBuy system accessed via Workday to purchase most supplies used in general university research.

How do I identify my best source to answer questions I might have about purchasing equipment?

Please refer to the Procurement Services website for further information.  Please see the Procurement Services’ staff page to find the best agent to contact.  If you need additional help, you can contact Procurement Services’ main phone, 294-4860.

How do I know if something is allowable on federal funds?

The ISU Sponsored Programs Costing Policy for federal funds and the ISU Costing Policy Guide for Principal Investigators are located on the SPA website and can address many of these types of questions.

Can I purchase a computer on my sponsored award?

The ISU Sponsored Programs Costing Policy for federal awards and the ISU Costing Policy Guide for Principal Investigators are located on the SPA website and can address many of these types of questions.