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State of Ohio - Controlling Board Request
30 East Broad Street, 34th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3457
(614) 466-5721 FAX:(614) 466-3813
CAPITAL REQUEST Controlling Board No.
Status:  Approved
Meeting Date:  2/26/2018


Ohio State University


Eligible for Local Administration?
Real Estate Acquisition
    Release of Capital Funds(R.C.Sec. 127.14G) and/or R.C.126.14
    Transfer of Capital Funds (R.C.Sec. 127.14G and/or Sec. 127.15)
    Higher Education Authorization Request (Sec. 3333.071)
    Other Statutory Authority/Bill Section:
Fiscal Year(s)
Bill No.
SB 310
Eligible for OBM
Director Approval?
Capital Request
    Release of Capital Funds (R.C.Sec. 127.14G)
    Transfer of Capital Funds (R.C.Sec. 127.14G and/or Sec. 127.15)
    Waiver of Competitive Selection (R.C.Sec. 127.16B)
      No Competitive Opportunity
      Agency Released Competitive Opportunity
    Agency Released Competitive Opportunity (R.C.Sec. 127.162)
    Release Percent for Arts (R.C.Sec. 3379.10)
    Other Statutory Authority/Bill Section:

For FYAmountNameAddressCounty
OSU01 2018 $171,428.00 FEI Company 9066 Paysphere Cir
Chicago, IL 60603

FromToFYFund GroupFund CodeAppropriation Line ItemAppropriation Line Item NameTransfer AmountPrev Rel Amount

Fund GroupFund CodeAppropriation Line ItemAppropriation Line Item NameTotal Amount
7034 C315FZ Electron Microscope $171,428.00

Mary Lynn Readey 02/26/2018
Agency Director or Authorized Agent On The Date Of
01/24/2018 Christine Morrison
Date Controlling Board President/OBM Director
Name:  Leeanne Chandler Title:  Contracts Administrator
Phone:  (614) 292 - 0893 Fax:  (614) 292 - 2539 E-Mail:
  The Ohio State University respectfully requests Controlling Board approval to release capital appropriation in the amount of $171,428.00 from Fund 7034, ALI C315FZ (Electron Microscope) and a waiver of competitive selection to purchase sole source equipment from FEI Company, Chicago, IL, for the Electron Microscope project in Columbus, Franklin County.  
  The Ohio State University (OSU) requests that $171,428.00 be released in support of the purchase of one Quattro Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM) System with accessories from FEI Company (FEI) located in Chicago, IL (OAKS VIN 0000090102). The total cost of this equipment is $980,450.00. The cost of this purchase will be shared as follows: $171,428.00 will be provided from the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Action Fund, $171,428.00 will be provided from OSU as a match to the ODHE appropriation and $637,594.00 will be provided via a grant from the National Science Foundation. After extensive review by the PI, Dr. Tyler Grassman and his staff it was determined that FEI was a Sole Source manufacturer of electron microscopes to offer ESEM pressures in a field-emission SEM that allows for observation of specimens in real world conditions such as wet/humid, hot or reactive environments. FEI was able to provide a Standard Price List offering of the equipment and accessories as a comparison to the quote to show the large discounts we were receiving on the equipment.

This SEM will be housed at The Ohio State University's Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS). Presently, CEMAS holds one of the largest concentrations of electron and ion beam analytical microscopy instruments in any North American institution. One of the central missions of CEMAS is to provide wide-ranging access to state-of-the-art instrumentation to researchers and educators across the state of Ohio. CEMAS's regular users include University of Dayton, Case Western Reserve University, and University of Akron along with AFRL and NASA governmental labs.

CEMAS and ThermoFisher Scientific have developed remote access capabilities, through customized hardware/software, that remove the limitations of physical proximity and provide access to those that would otherwise go without. The purpose of this project is to purchase the first ESEM equipment for CEMAS that is fully compatible with the customized remote hardware/software system, providing the user base with access to this powerful instrument at remote locations via Ohio's OARnet fiber-optic network. This remote accessibility will help facilitate a broad user base. This includes users with disabilities by allowing the remote stations to be located in ADA compliant locations, university students throughout Ohio and students grades 7th-12th. This will also facilitate planned partnerships, with activities centered around and enabled by the proposed ESEM to be formed between the PIs, the Center for Science and Industry (COSI) children's technical museum (in Columbus, OH), and the Columbus-based Ohio School for the Deaf (OSD).

The remote access capabilities of the ESEM will empower the discovery of new scientific knowledge and make possible transformational advances in a number of vital research and education fields, including advanced functional materials, high-performance structural materials, and forward-looking engineered biomaterials.
Attachments Controlling Board Request No.: OSU0100956
Attachment TypeAttachment Description
Project Budget Project Budget
DAS equipment purchase award letter Award Letter
Bid tabulations/price quotations Quote
Private Business Use Report PBAR
Sole source vendor letter Sole Source Vendor Letter
Other Sole Source Letter PI
Other Sole Source Letter Technical Specs
OSU0100956-09132018092647.PDF Non Substantive Change Request for request OSU0100956
Release and Permit Information
NameFYAmountR & P #R & P DateIssued ByComments
FEI Company 2018 $171,428.00

Capital Request Required Information
Purchases of Equipment - FEI Company
Controlling Board Request No.: OSU0100956
1.  Identify the equipment and provide the amount of each item.
Supply/Equipment NamePrice per UnitNumber of UnitsAmount
Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope $980,450.00 1 $980,450.00
2. Selection Process
a.  Explain how the Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Quote (RFQ) was publicized or advertised.
  The PI and his department conducted market research to determine if other vendor's had the capabilities to provide a scanning electron microscope to the technical specifications required. The PI's department contacted other companies and provided the technical specifications to determine if they could meet our requirements. Based on research/feedback an RFQ could not be conducted.
b. Number of proposals/quotes distributed. 0
c. Number of days in which interested parties had to respond to the RFP or RFQ. 0
d. Number of proposals received. 0
e. For each proposal/quote received provide name, complete address of the principal place of business, and amount of each proposal (or attach a list).
NameProposal AmountAddressCityStateCounty
FEI Company $980,450.00 9066 Paysphere Cir Chicago IL
f. Indicate who rated the responses and was involved in the selection of the contractor.
  The PI, Tyler Grassman and his department reached out to different vendors and selected FEI Company based on a Sole Source Justification.
Identify the selected vendor.   FEI Company
  Explain why this vendor was selected.
  This vendor was selected based on a Sole Source Justification.
4. Provide vendor's location of their principal place of business.
9066 Paysphere Cir
Chicago, IL 60603