Reduce the number of current expensive service contracts with a self-funded program option.

The Research Equipment Self-Funded Maintenance initiative seeks to develop a program to make more informed decisions regarding the use of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) service contracts by first assessing the risk associated with the equipment. Maintenance of research instrumentation is critical to the research community for assurance of precise measurement and data generation. There are two ways to arrange for major equipment maintenance and repairs: pay for an ongoing service contract from the OEM that guarantees the manufacturer will do the repairs within a specified time period, or pay for the repairs as needed from campus services or the manufacturer (called self-insurance). OEM service contracts are often more expensive than the benefit received. Developing a comprehensive equipment maintenance program will reduce costs to the institution (departments and schools), as well as to the researchers via equipment usage fees in recharge centers.

Project Team:

  • Executive Sponsor: Tim Maguire, Chief Procurement Officer, Accounting & Financial Services, Klaus van Benthem, Associate Professor
  • Project Champion: Mike Morgan, Associate Director, Procurement
  • Project Manager: Julie Alvarez, Sr. Life-Science Sourcing Mgr.
  • Contact Email: jalvarez@ucdavis.edu

Steering Committee:

  • Tim Maguire, Chief Procurement Officer, Accounting & Financial Services
  • Hampton Sublett, Director, Office of Strategic Solutions, FOA
  • Anissa Nachman, Director, Administrative Budget and Operations, BIA
  • Julie Auger, Associate Director, Office of Research
  • Cindy Kiel, Exec. AVC – Office of Research
  • Mike Morgan, Associate Director, Procurement
  • Klaus van Benthem, Associate Professor
  • Academic Senate Rep
  • Academic Federation Rep
  • Additional members added as necessary