Award Project Life Cycle
Award Start Up
Our Role in the Post Award Process
To assist the Principal Investigator (PI) and department in achieving the Statement of Work of the sponsored project, while maintaining sufficient fiscal controls to ensure compliance with:
- Terms and conditions of the award, as well as state, local, and federal regulations
- Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
- University Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual (UAPPM)
- Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) receives award and issues notification to PI and department via email.
- A summary Transmittal is sent to Contract and Grant Accounting (CGA).
- CGA assigns a grant number and sets up the award in Banner. The Banner form FRAGRNT contains information about the award.
- The fund is set up on the Banner form FTMFUND and the budget period end date for the fund is entered on the Banner form FRMFUND.
- CGA requests the index from Finance Systems Management (FSM).
- When the index number is received from FSM, CGA notifies the PI and department contact via email and attaches the Signature Authorization form.
- The PI completes the Signature Authorization form and returns it to CGA. This will allow expenditures to be charged to the index.
- The current Signature Authorization form for a fund can be viewed in WebXtender from the Banner form FRAGRNT.
- To view the accounting distribution information for an index, access the Banner form FTMACCI. The fund that is associated with the index will be displayed under the Accounting Distribution block in the fund field.
- If an index is needed prior to the official award notification, a Request to Spend Funds form may be completed and submitted to the Office of Sponsored Projects office.
All expenditures must be made in accordance with the policies and procedures of the University of New Mexico, as published in the University Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual. In addition, applicable federal and sponsor rules and regulations must be followed.
Allowable, Allocable, and Reasonable Costs
As a condition of receiving federal funding, we agree to follow federal policies, including Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-21 that provides principles for determining costs applicable to work performed on contracts and grants. In addition to the specific guidelines of a sponsoring agency, costs charged to sponsored projects are evaluated on three criteria: allowability, allocability, and reasonableness.
Allowability: The tests of allowability of costs under these principles are:
- They must be reasonable.
- They must be allocable to sponsored agreements under the principles and methods provided herein.
- They must be given consistent treatment through application of those generally accepted accounting principles appropriate to the circumstances.
- They must conform to any limitations or exclusions set forth in these principles or in the sponsored agreement as to types or amounts of cost items.
Allocability: Once allowability criteria have been met, the cost must be evaluated against the criterion of allocability. The cost is allocable if:
- The cost has been incurred solely to advance the work under the sponsored agreement.
- It benefits both the agreement and other work of the institution, in proportions that can be approximated through use of reasonable methods.
- It is necessary to the overall operation of the institution and is deemed to be assignable in part to sponsored projects.
Reasonableness: The cost must be able to withstand public scrutiny, i.e. objective individuals not affiliated with the institution would agree that a cost is appropriate on a sponsored research award.
2 CFR 200 Uniform Guidance
* Effective December 26, 2014
eCFR Uniform Guidance
What are the rules for spending funds?
Award Closeout - Workflow
- Increase efficiency in the closeout process for the Principal Investigator, Department/Unit Administrator, the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) and Contract & Grant Accounting departments (CGA).
- Enhance communication, tracking, and accountability during various stages of the process.
Click on this link for Workflow Training
The fund closeout process begins when the budget period end date expires. The Workflow process runs nightly and checks for funds ending in 90 days. An e-mail is sent to the Principal Investigator and Account Administrators.
- CGA works with the Account Administrator via Workflow to prepare to close the fund.
- A Closeout Reconciliation form will be sent via Workflow which will need to be signed and returned to CGA.
- The PI and or department staff work with CGA to insure that all expenditures are allowable.
- CGA reconciles and closes the fund.
- CGA prepares any Financial Reports that are required and the PI prepares the Technical or Progress Report.
- When the fund is closed, the beginning of the fund title in Banner FTMFUND is changed to FROE (Final Reconciliation Of Expenditures).
The fund can also be FROE'd outside of the Workflow system, but this process is followed only when absolutely necessary.
Per Circular A-110 C.53: Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award shall be generally retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report, as authorized by the Federal awarding agency. The only exception is if any litigation, claim, or audit is started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until all litigation, claims or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken.
Please be aware that record retention dates for federal sponsored awards may differ from the retention dates published in UAPPM.