10 May 2001
Research equipment purchasing is in line for more strategic and collaborative management by the end of the year, according to a voluntary higher education purchasing body.
The Research Equipment Affinity Group (REAG) will evaluate a pilot project launched in December between five universities, project co-ordinator Colin Cram told SM.
A framework agreement is expected and similar projects for other laboratory equipment is to be launched in the autumn. The group will develop and promote specialist knowledge among purchasers of each type of equipment, as well as reduce purchase lead times, Cram said.
REAG integrates procurement with grants processes. Backed by 40 universities, its annual purchasing spend is £250 million.