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This document covers the project budget and making purchases.

Project Budget
Each team has a budget of $700 to purchase materials, supplies, and resources for the project.

Some materials will be provided in the Product Design Laboratory (35-307), but in general you will need to purchase most of the materials needed for prototyping. Budgets cannot be used for non project-related items, including food.

The team-designated financial officer should take responsibility for keeping track of purchases and managing your team budget. At the end of the semester, financial officers must submit spreadsheets (.xls) documenting all expenses.

Purchases and Reimbursement
If you are unsure about whether using your budget for a specific purchase is appropriate, please ask the course instructors.

Remember to use a Tax-Exempt Form. MIT will not reimburse you for tax. Also using the MIT tax-exempt number for non-class purchases is against the law!

To pay for work done within MIT, you may use an internal requisition form.

For purchases outside of MIT, there are two ways to draw funds from the team budget.

  • Use your own cash (or credit card). Buy what you need, keep the receipts and submit them to your financial officer. The financial officer will fill a request for reimbursement, file it with the course administrative assistant, and then you will be reimbursed (typically within a week or two).
  • Request a purchase order so that MIT purchasing office will buy the items for you. The financial officer will fill out a requisition (internal or external), the course administrative assistant will process the requisition, MIT will issue a purchase order number, and then you place your order using this number.

All receipts must be turned in according to the instructions below no later than Monday, May 18, 2015. Receipts must be received by then to be reimbursed.

Use your own cash

You can use your own credit card or cash to buy items and then be reimbursed afterwards. If all stars align correctly, you might be reimbursed in as little as two weeks.

  • Buy the needed items you need using your own funds. Remember to use the tax exempt form because MIT will not pay for the tax!
  • Save your receipts showing proof of payment...no receipt means no reimbursement. Write your name and team name on the receipt. Circle the reimbursable amount (remember no sales tax). For example, Reimbursement, John Doe, MyTeamName, 04/09/15. Keep a photocopy for your records.
  • Attach your receipts to a completed cover sheet (.pdf) and give your receipts to your team budget manager and then they will complete the following steps below.
  • The budget manager
  • Your team's financial officer will complete a RFP entry online using SAPweb (download the quick reference card). The course administrative assistant will fill in the G/L account and cost object when she receives it.
  • Once the financial officer has made the entry online, they will bring the cover sheet with original receipts to the 2.00b drop box in 3-435, located with the course administrative assistant. If the office is locked please use the envelope on the door of the office. Reimbursements cannot be approved until the originals have been received.
  • If you have a direct deposit account with MIT, your reimbursement will go into it directly. Otherwise, a check will be cut for you and sent to the course administrative assistant. She will let you know when you can pick it up.

Request a purchase order

If you are purchasing within MIT see the internal requisition section below. For outside purchases you can arrange to have MIT pay for the items directly.You need to provide the vendor with a purchase order number.

  • Contact the vendor to obtain a price quote and detailed ordering information, including availability and shipping information. Remember the price quote cannot include sales tax! Ask the vendor if they will take a purchase order (called a PO) from MIT. (You do not have a PO number to give them yet. You just want to know if they will take such a number over the phone.)
  • Have your team budget manager meet with course administrative assistant to prepare the PO. You will need all ordering information and the price quotation, including shipping charges (again no sales tax).
  • The administrative assistant will then obtain the PO and email the PO number to the person named on the requisition form.
  • If the order is not received within a reasonable amount of time, the course administrative assistant can check the PO status.
  • When the package arrives bring the receipt/packing slip to 3-435. MIT will not pay the vendor until they receive the packing slip! The packing slip should have your name, team and date date received written on it. If the office is locked please use the envelope on the door of the office.

Use an internal requisition form

This is the method of payment to use when purchasing items within MIT (such as the central machine shop) or selected vendors. A vendor list is available at: http://web.mit.edu/ecat/.

  • Obtain a requisition form from the course administrative assistant.
  • Fill out the form, including the descriptions of the items that you need. Write down the estimated total cost at the bottom right hand corner of the form where it asks for an estimated quoted price. Include your name and team name.
  • Drop the form with the course administrative assistant in 3-435 to obtain appropriate account numbers and signatures. When completed you can pickup the requisition. The course administrative assistant will keep the blue copy of the form.
  • Obtain the goods and write down the actual prices for the purchased items on the form. Give the white copy of the form to the internal vendors at MIT and return the blue copy to the course administrative assistant.