There are a number of offices on campus that are involved with contracting, so it is understandable that you may be confused about where to go for assistance. Here's an overview to help you get started:
Advancement (formerly Development)
Advancement coordinates activities/documents associated with gifts given to the University. Gifts are generally defined as any item of value given by a donor who expects nothing of significant value in return, other than recognition and disposition of the gift in accordance with the donor's wishes.
CF's Planning, Design & Construction manages contract processes related to construction projects, including contracts for construction, architectural and engineering services.
Division of Finance (formerly Business Services)
In a nutshell, Division of Finance handles the contracts that are not managed by any of the other contracting offices. These include consulting and professional services agreements, use of facilities (both University use of outside facilities and outside use of University-owned facilities), athletic competition agreements, clinical experience/practicum agreements, leases, performance agreements, purchase or sale of real estate, easements, etc. Division of Finance also provide advice to departments and other contracting offices regarding University policy and best practices in contracts processing and management.
Health System Managed Care and System Contracting
Health System Managed Care and System Contracting coordinates managed care and other revenue generating contract activities for the University of Missouri Health System, as well as clinical experience arrangements for educational programs wishing to place students (other than University of Missouri students) at University of Missouri health care facilities for clinical experiences.
Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations
OTMIR identifies, assesses, protects and markets commercially viable intellectual property (IP) developed at MU and promotes economic development by facilitating the commercialization of IP. They receive invention disclosure forms, and facilitate patent and copyright activities. They also handle non-disclosure/confidentiality agreements (NDA's) and material transfer agreements (MTA's).
Sponsored Program Administration (OSPA)
OSPA handles externally funded research, teaching and service activities. Sponsored Programs involve use of University resources where the sponsor will receive some benefit (which could range from a single technical and financial report through extensive material benefits). Any activity funded from Federal funds (either directly or flow-through) are handled by OSPA. Activities commonly handled by OSPA include grants, subawards (including subcontracts), and academic fee-for-service activities. OSPA also handles consulting, speaker/lecturer agreements, etc. that are funded from grants.
UM Supply Chain Services (formerly Procurement)
UMSC facilitates the acquisition of goods and services readily available in the marketplace. UMSC also manages the non-purchase order contracting process (i.e., consulting agreements, temporary use of facilities- including hotel agreements, etc.) for the University of Missouri Health System. Show-Me Shop (SMS) is the preferred method for buying many items, including scientific products, office products, computers, peripherals, lab supplies, maintenance and custodial supplies and books. Other methods include the procurement card (P-card), for transactions $5,000 or less that are not available through SMS. Purchases that exceed $5,000 not available through SMS are usually processed through PeopleSoft requisitioning system. For transactions >$10,000, bids or proposals are generally required. See http://www.umsystem.edu/ums/rules/ppm for more information regarding purchasing policies.