Office of Sponsored Research - 500.04 - Pre-Audit Approval of Transactions


The reason for this standard is to detail the compliance activities that are conducted for expenses on sponsored projects.

Policy Statement

During the life of an award, the pre-audit team of the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) reviews expenditures (except personnel) for approved budgeted items to assure appropriate spending according to Federal regulations 2 CFR §200 Subpart E and 2 CFR §200 Subpart D, as well as the specific award terms and conditions. To avoid possible spending and accounting errors, the Principal Investigator (PI) and Departmental Administrator (DA) should interact and advise OSR when considerations arise that may affect the allowability of expenditures.

An expense charged to a sponsored project must be supported by documentation sufficient to demonstrate that the expenditure is allowable on the sponsored project to which it is charged. If an expense is allocated across multiple funding sources, supporting documentation must include the allocation method and calculation used to determine the amount charged to each funding source.

An expense charged to a sponsored project should be recorded using an appropriate expense account code to ensure that indirect costs are accurately applied to the expense. The expense account code should adequately reflect the expense being charged.

When requesting information about allowable expenditures, providing the following award details helps OSR provide a timely response:

  • ConnectCarolina Project IDs
  • Funding Agency Award Number
  • Name of PI
  • Any applicable subrecipients or consultants, including contacts and phone numbers
  • Applicable project numbers
  • Detailed explanation of the request

Related Requirements

Contact Information

For questions regarding this operating standard and its related procedure, please contact

For questions regarding Pre-Award management or Post-Award administration, please contact the assigned SPS.

For invoicing, reporting and other financial matters, please contact the assigned Sponsored Projects Accountant. OSR Staff assignments are found in RAMSeS or on the OSR website.


History Table
Date Description
12/4/2020 Revised to clarify account codes and supporting documentation needed on expenses.
05/15/2018 Revised to coincide with the release of the new OSR Website.

The operating standards in the Office of Sponsored Research Operating Standards & Procedures Manual supersede any OSR operating standards, procedures and appendices previously included in the University Business Manual, a publication of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Division of Finance.

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