UM Master Subcontracting Plan

Federal law mandates that all federal contracts in excess of $700,000 must have a federally approved Subcontracting Plan in place. Such plans set percentage and dollar goals for subcontracts to be awarded to small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, small woman-owned businesses and small businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBzones.)

Subcontracts to HBCU/MI (historically black colleges and universities/ minority institutions) are also strongly encouraged for these large federal contracts.

The University of Maryland's Master Subcontracting Plan has been approved by the Office of Naval Research on behalf of the federal government. The Master Subcontracting Plan is administered by UM's Department of Procurement and Supply .

When PI's compete for federal contracts in excess of $650,000, only the goals for that particular contract need be established and approved by the federal sponsor. This is achieved by completing and attaching Exhibit I to the submitted proposal. Exhibit I is used to record the individual goals that have been determined for each specific contract. Exhibit I is available on this site in two formats, pdf or doc.

PI's need to forward completed Exhibit I to Mr. Jim Haley, Assistant Director, Procurement and Supply for review and approval. Jim can be contacted at Assistance on determining appropriate percentage goals for use of small or minority owned businesses may be requested from Mary Ann Zimmerman, Procurement Coordinator at

PI's can determine the status/eligibility of potential subcontractors on-line via the Small Business Administration's database of Central Contractor Registration .

The required reporting forms, SF-294 and SF-295 are also available on ORA's Forms page. Please note that PI's are no longer required to submit either SF-294 or SF-295. Submission of these forms is now the responsibility of the Department of Procurement and Supply.

Questions about the Subcontracting Plan and when to use it should be addressed to the Contract Administrator assigned to your college or department. Identify your Contract Administrator via ORA's Staff Directory.


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