A high-quality request for proposal (RFP) is an essential tool for any project manager or CIO. An RFP informs suppliers the organization is planning to acquire new services or products, allows for wide distribution
We've compiled five examples of free RFPs so you can better understand what an RFP contains and how to create one for your next project.
SOURCE: Washington State Office of Financial Management
OFFERING: An RFP example that illustrates all the content the document should contain, including the cost proposal, evaluation weighting, definitions and general information.
SOURCE: Global KAP consultancy
OFFERING: This page lists what an RFP should contain, as well as the key objectives and the benefits you can expect.
SOURCE: Maryland Energy Administration
OFFERING: Take a look at this RFP example in PDF form from Maryland's state agency for energy. It contains instructions for planning, preparing and implementing energy-related procurement contracts.
More useful free templates
SOURCE: Energy Star program
OFFERING: This RFP template is shorter than the previous ones, but provides a nice illustration of all the necessary information and appendices.
SOURCE: Commonwealth of Massachusetts
OFFERING: Massachusetts' state government provides a template for RFPs indicating where the user should fill in the necessary information, such as the organization name and the date. It also provides instructions for using the template.
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This was first published in April 2012