Users' questions

What is a good RFP?

What is a good RFP?

An effective RFP is descriptive. It gives vendors some insight into what drives you. It will make the process more enjoyable overall, too, if you really click with your vendor. It will make your time and work together feel more like a partnership.

What is the best RFP site?

Best RFP databases

  • FindRFP – Government and corporate RFPs.
  • Government Bids – Government only.
  • GovSpend – Government only.
  • Gov RFP Finder – Government only.
  • Bid Search – Government only.
  • Open Minds – Government only.
  • Bid Prime – Government only.
  • RFP Guru – Government only.

What should your RFP contain?

What should you include in an RFP?

  • Background information.
  • Detailed description of the project.
  • Specific requirements about preferred systems, tools, materials, or products.
  • Project deadline along with explicit dates and milestones.
  • Any questions you would like the potential vendors to answer or materials to submit.

Should you include budget in RFP?

Budget: Many RFPs avoid providing any budget guidance. This leads to proposals that are not useful. Providing budget guidance has the theoretical risk of inflating otherwise less expensive proposals, but our experience is that we (and others) squeeze as much as possible into a proposed budget window.

Where are RFPs posted?

Therefore you can almost always find public RFPs listed on the issuing organization’s website. They’re usually listed under the labels “publishing” or “procurement.” Oftentimes, RFPs are also published in newspapers or other local publications.

Where should I post an RFP?

RFP listings are typically buried in the back of the newspaper, rarely read, and the advertisement will cost you money that doesn’t need to be spent.

Does RFP include pricing?

An RFP is a formalized and structured way of getting specific vendor information (including pricing).

How do I run an RFP?

What Are the Standard Steps in the RFP Process?

  1. Establish the project’s boundaries.
  2. Identify key stakeholders and advisors.
  3. Talk to stakeholders and define your project needs.
  4. Write the RFP. (
  5. Create a draft of your scoring criteria.
  6. Circulate the RFP.
  7. Review responses.
  8. Research novel technologies as necessary.