Minnesota State is the third largest system of higher education in the United States, serving 375,000+ students and employing 15,600+ faculty and staff each year. We continually seek vendors to fulfill purchasing and contracting needs for our 37 colleges and universities on 54 campuses across the state, as well as the system office, including Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Requests for Bids (RFBs), Requests for Information (RFIs), and Requests for Qualifications (RFQs).

Our values extend beyond just finding a particular good or service for the best price. Rather, it's our intention to foster relationships with vendors who embrace price, quality, compliance, service, and speed and we encourage local, women, minority, veteran, and economically disadvantaged businesses to inquire. We appreciate your interest in doing business with Minnesota State!

New Vendors

Current Vendors

  • Review the current opportunities below. Interested vendors should submit their sealed responses, along with signed forms and accompanying materials by the listed deadlines to the appropriate individuals. Email quotes will not be accepted.
  • Subscribe to the listserv to be notified of future opportunities. 
Minnesota State must bid any good or service that is $50,000 or more. Competitive bidding allows Minnesota State to properly survey the marketplace and ensures compliance with federal, state, and Minnesota State regulations. Once you have received a request for bid or proposal, carefully review the requirements. Late bids will not be considered.

Vendors are not permitted to solicit business on Minnesota State premises unless requested. Cold calls or dropping in are not permitted. We will contact vendors based on the need for current projects. Registering and/or submitting a proposal does not guarantee selection.

Check out RFP, RFB, RFI, RFQ opportunities below:

RFP for Emergency Medical Services Program Medical Direction at Century College

Closing date: Monday, July 22, 2019 at 2:00pm CST


RFP for Food Service at Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College

Closing date: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 3pm CST


RFP for Media Buying Services at Minnesota State University Moorhead

Closing date: Thursday, July 25 at 3pm CST


RFP for Costa Rica Geotourism Faculty-Led Program at St. Cloud State University

Closing date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 3pm CST


RFP for Food Service and Catering Services at Ridgewater College in Willmar and Hutchinson

Closing date: Monday, July 29, 2019


RFP for Athletic Charter Bus and Transportation Services at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Deadline: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 3pm CDT


Interested vendors should submit their sealed responses, along with signed forms and accompanying materials by the listed deadlines to the appropriate contacts. Email quotes will not be accepted.

Announcements may be also posted on the Minnesota State Register and/or the State of Minnesota Solicitation Announcements websites.

Request for Bids (RFBs)

Click here to see a list of all construction bid opportunities. Then, from the list, click on a project to view, download and/or print its ad, plan holders, bid documents, and addenda. Interested vendors may view the bid documents at no cost, but there is a $10, non-refundable charge to download them.

Plan holders are parties who have downloaded the plans and specifications. Plan holders who download the plans and specifications may print them at their own expense. Paper copies are not provided. Only plan holders will be notified via email if an addenda is issued. Only plan holders will be allowed to bid on the project.


Click here for design and construction standards.

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Procurement Methods

Several methods are used to select professional technical consultants based on project size, complexity, and specific requirements.
  • Direct Professional Contracts are generated from selected consultants if costs are less than $50,000.
  • Professional Technical Master Minnesota State IT Contract(s), currently only forensic services, may be used to provide services for a school using a work order template.
  • Facility Professional Technical Contracts
State of Minnesota Buy.IT Programs
  • ASAP-IT: The State of Minnesota Department of Administration and the Office of MN.IT Services have partnered to bring a fast and easy way to help state agencies and other government units eligible under the State’s cooperative purchasing venture (CPV) to secure IT professional services.
  • SITE Master Contract Program: The State of Minnesota Department of Administration and the Office of MN.IT Services operate a program for state agencies and other local units of government to contract for professional IT-related consulting and staff augmentation services in a streamlined process.