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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I become a supplier?

A: Start by completing our online Supplier Registration Form and reviewing our website for additional information on doing business with Scripps. Please attach SBE certificates, licenses, proof of insurance, references, etc. to your registration or anything else that may assist in our understanding of the products or service you can provide.

Q: What are the minimum requirements to become a qualified supplier of Scripps Research or Scripps Florida?

A: All businesses should possess a strong ability to provide cost effective and scientifically sound products and services. It is imperative that you begin the process by completing the Supplier Registration Form. Additionally, our suppliers are required to provide the following:

  1. Evidence of the ability to provide cost savings, technical innovations, and superior customer service
  2. Evidence of the ability to meet all required delivery obligations on-time and in a cost effective manner
  3. Evidence of expertise and support of the product line or specific service sector
  4. Possession of a valid business license and any other applicable licenses or permits
  5. Recent financial statements and tax returns prepared by a CPA. Businesses must be in operation for at least one year in their proposed industry.
  6. Current and relevant business references (i.e.; biomedical research, academic, or pharmaceutical industries)
  7. Evidence of the ability to reduce risk
  8. Evidence of scalability, ability to meet changing needs
  9. Proof of Insurance
  10. Federal Tax ID, DUNS
  11. Ability to support e-commerce/electronic purchase orders, invoices, order confirmations and shipping notifications as required

Please note that a substantial portion of Scripps Research's assets derive from public sources (i.e., State and Federal programs). To assure that Scripps Research fulfills fiduciary and stewardship obligations to the public, Scripps Research will conduct background checks on potential suppliers as appropriate to verify any or all of the above information and to insure that such potential suppliers have a verified record of financial dealings free of criminal or tortuous conduct. Based on the information provided above and our independent investigations, we reserve the right to eliminate from further consideration any business that we determine, in our sole judgment, to be an unsuitable supplier for the services or products we need.

Q: How is a small business defined?

A: A small business is defined as; Small Business Enterprise (SBE); Minority Business Enterprise (MBE); Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE); Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (VBE); or HUBZone. Size and other minimum qualifications for Palm Beach County, State of Florida, and the Small Business Administration (SBA) can be found at: Click here for Professional Resources & Links

Q: What type of financial information will be accepted?

A: A financial statement for the past year will be required. Your DUNS may also be requested for a D&B report.

Q: Does the Scripps Florida and California campuses of The Scripps Research Institute participate in Business Opportunity Fairs?

A: Our Supplier Diversity Coordinator and other members of the Procurement Department participate in local, regional, and national business opportunity fairs sponsored by the professional organizations. Click here for a current list of scheduled events.

Q: What certifications are required for small and diverse businesses?

A: We recommend that our small suppliers be certified by at least one of the following organizations: NMSDC, WBENC, SBA, State, County, and/or local Municipalities. We also encourage our large suppliers to participate in professional organizations with a view towards meeting and prequalifying small and diverse businesses for upcoming projects. Click here for Professional Resources & Links.

Q: How do I get on your Bidder's List?

A: Our buyers select from a suppliers from several sources and it is imperative that your company complete this first step. Click here for the Supplier Registration Form Our bidder lists are based on prequalification criteria listed above and an internal review process based on scientific needs. Products and services listed on our website are only a sampling and not an all inclusive list. Furthermore, not all products and services listed are open for bid at any given time. Bids are driven by scientific and business needs. Our online Supplier Registration Form provides your company visibility to the Buyers. We strongly recommend completion of the registration form in case a future opportunity arises. If you have any further questions please contact the Supplier Diversity Coordinator at supplier@scripps.edu.

Q: What is the Request for Proposal (RFP) or bidding process?

A: The RFP/bidding process begins with a business or scientific need for a supply or service. From time-to-time large categories of products and services are reviewed for bid opportunities. The Buyer reviews our existing pool of suppliers as well as our database for qualified candidates. If we have needs beyond the current approved supply base or our registered applicants we may contact the professional organizations and request small and diverse businesses that are a fit for the RFP. Selected suppliers may be invited for an interview and/or more information prior to the RFP going out for bid. Neither Scripps Research nor Scripps Florida are obligated to award any bidder a contract. Decisions are primarily driven by cost, quality, delivery, ability to reduce risk, customer service, and the supplier's ability to provide the Institute with scientifically sound products and services. This process ensures that the minimum bid qualifications are met. Click here for the Supplier Registration Form

Q: What is your small business policy?

A: We seek suppliers who are best qualified to support the needs of the Scripps Florida and California campuses of The Scripps Research Institute. If you are a small business we recommend certification from local, state or a nationally recognized organization. These organizations can provide small businesses with valuable tools and information. Click here for a list of organizations.

Other Pre-Requisites for Businesses – Purchase Order Terms

Our NIH and Scripps Florida relationships require all contracts awarded to a recipient, including small purchases, must abide by the following provisions of the U.S. Code and Executive Orders:

  1. Debarment and Suspension (E.O.s 12549 and 12689)
  2. Copeland "Anti-Kickback" Act (18 U.S.C. 874 and 40 U.S.C. 276c)
  3. Davis-Bacon Act, as amended (40 U.S.C. 276a to a-7)
  4. Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (40 U.S.C. 327-333)
  5. Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq. and Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.), as amended
  6. Byrd Anti-Lobbying Amendment (31 U.S.C. 1325

For full information on OMB A110 requirements please go to: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars_a110/

Q: Is there a registration fee?

A: There is no registration fee associated with registering with Scripps using the SciQuest online registration tool.

Q: Where do I get SciQuest Related Support Information?

A: You can contact SciQuest's Help Desk for assistance either phone (800) 233-1121, or by email (technicalsupport@sciquest.com).

Q: How do I get a username and password to modify my profile?

A: An ID and Password will be assigned to you upon your request after registration. Please contact SciQuest's Help Desk using the information provided above for assistance with getting a username and password for your account.

Q: How do I know when I am registered in your system?

A: You will receive an email confirmation notice once you have submitted your registration.

Q: Can more than one person register from the same company?

A: Yes, more than one person can register within the same company.

Q: Can I save a partially completed registration?

A: No, you must complete all required information and "submit" to save your data input. You will then be able to go back in the system to edit (add or change) your company's information. You will need login information to access your account. Please contact SciQuest's Help Desk using the information provided above in order to setup your account.

Q: What do I do if I can't find my product or service listed in the commodity section?

A: Select other and list your commodity code. Refer to the UNSPSC website www.unspsc.org to select a commodity that best fits your organization.