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Vendor Selection and Liaison

We are available to assist in finding the right vendor for your needs and support you throughout the project.

In September 2024, rates will change for several technology services provided by University IT. View proposed FY25 rate changes.

Our Vendor Selection and Liaison service provides you guidance and support in selecting and engaging the services of external vendors for web design and development projects.

We maintain relationships with a number of preferred vendors with a demonstrated record of high-quality service and an understanding of Stanford identity guidelines and web infrastructure.


Depending on needs, with this service our team can offer one or more of the following: 

  • Negotiate rates and service terms with preferred web vendors
  • Lead project planning activities, resulting in an expository sketch or Request-for-Proposal (RFP) to solicit vendor proposals
  • Conduct project needs assessment, such as the recommendation of appropriate technology and hosting infrastructure
  • Review vendor proposals and offer recommendations for selection
  • Liaise with the selected vendor
  • Review project deliverables for design, security, usability, and accessibility
  • Perform site launch and maintenance services

Designed for

  • Clients with complex requirements that cannot be met by the common suite of Stanford tools, including sophisticated web applications, data visualizations, or other complex user interactions
  • Custom sites that need to be built on short timelines and may have a large scope
  • Sites that contain restricted content, including HIPAA, FERPA, or other regulatory laws. The hosting platform SWS builds on, Stanford Sites is rated for low risk and moderate risk content only


  • Free two-hour initial consultation
  • Rates vary by project requirements. Projects are billed on a time and materials basis.
  • Third-party vendor costs are separate and require a contract. 

See also

Examples of vendor selection and liaison projects

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Center for Automotive Research at Stanford

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Faculty Staff Housing

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Introductory Seminars

Last modified May 6, 2024