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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
SoleSource #1MRW20R0393181

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Change Order
Published Thursday September 3, 2020
Vendor: MathWorks Inc.
Change Order Amount: $108,000
The current WebStore MATLAB distribution model allows staff/faculty to download/install the product on personal machines but does not allow this functionality for students. Students currently must run MATLAB through the CITRIX Virtual application service that requires students be connected to the internet and this purchase will allow students to download/install MATLAB to their personal machines and use the product without a continuous internet connection. Additionally, we purchase several toolboxes annually and the initial amount of sole source did not account for this need.

The Chief Procurement Officer for this procurement is now John Donato.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
Award Info Published Thursday October 31, 2019
Awarded to:
Vendor: MathWorks Inc., Natick, MA
Amount: An estimated $140,636.96
An estimated start date of 1/1/2020 through 12/31/2022, 36 months
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been cancelled
Published Monday September 23, 2019
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
The Chief Procurement Officer for this procurement is now Ben Bagby.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Catherine Bradbury.
First published Monday, September 9, 2019
The University awarded a contract for MATLAB Software and Maintenance to MathWorks Inc., Natick, MA, for an estimated $140,636.96.
The University has a need to procure MATLAB software and maintenance. This is needed Over 1,500 University of Illinois staff/faculty and 13,000 students use MathWorks applications and specific classes require the use of the products to complete coursework. The end result of this will be faculty, staff, and students will be able to continue their use and courses based on MathWorks applications. The university, on information and belief, has concluded that only one vendor can meet its need or can meet the need economically. That vendor is MathWorks Inc. The university has provided detailed justification to support its conclusion as shown on the attached Sole Source Justification Form. Although the university has presented this as a sole source procurement, we are seeking competitive information from firms with the capability of meeting the university's need (even if performed in a manner different from what has been presented) to contact us and provide sufficient information to show the need can be met. If we receive that information, the Chief Procurement Officer will offer a public hearing to consider the matter. Hearing information is described below.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the item or service is copyrighted or patented and is not available except from the holder of the copyright or patent.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Megan Wells
212A Illini Plaza
1817 South Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-3561
FAX: (217) 239-6877
Chief Procurement Officer - Ben Bagby
State Purchasing Officer - Catherine Bradbury

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

Hearing Details

September 25, 2019
9:00 AM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327
Potential participants are requested to call ahead to verify location and get directions. Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
September 20, 2019
Register with:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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Sole Source Justification
  • 1MRW20R0393181.pdf (378 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 1MRW20R0393181Pt2.pdf (27 KB)
Other Related Sole Source Documents
  • ChangeOrder1MRW20R0393181.pdf (729 KB)