Office of Sponsored Research - 500.14, Procedure 1 - Cash Advance Requests & Reconciliations

Corresponding with:


This procedure details the steps to request and reconcile a Cash Advance related to a sponsored project. The UNC Finance Division’s Policies and Procedures Manual should be followed for requesting and reconciling cash advances for non-sponsored activities.

Expectations of Cash Management

  • All advances for domestic use must be reconciled within 60 days after receipt of the advance.
  • All advances for foreign use must be reconciled within 90 days after receipt of the advance unless required sooner for reporting purposes.
  • A project may only request a third advance if the other advances are in compliance with this operating standard.
  • Advances to a third-party institution or University foreign facility should not exceed two (2) months of that institution’s operating cash required for the project.
  • Advances must be reconciled in a timely manner after the end date of the project as required by the reporting requirements of the agreement and Office of Sponsored Research (OSR).


I. Requesting a Cash Advance

Transaction Creation

Create a Campus Voucher in ConnectCarolina 

Wire Transfers in Foreign Currency

Approval Process

  • Assigned OSR pre-audit technician receives Cash Advance request
  • The request is reviewed for completeness and allowability on the project by the assigned Sponsored Project Specialist
  • OSR pre-audit technician approves or rejects the request
    • The transaction will be subject to rejection without all required documents
  • If approved, the request is submitted to UNC Disbursement Services for approval and processing
    • For Foreign wires, the voucher is created by Accounting Services
  • Payment is submitted to the Cash Advance recipient by Accounting Services

II. Reconciling a Cash Advance

Transaction Creation

Create a Campus Journal in ConnectCarolina 

  • Create reconciling journal moving expenses from account code 559510 to the appropriate account code for the type of expense
  • Complete and attach the following documents to the journal transaction:
    • 1.1d - Cash Advance Settlement Cover Sheet UNC Finance Related Data 307.1.1rd
    • Cash Advance Voucher and Settlement Inquiry Screen
    • Copy of all relevant receipts, invoice, and/or other expense documentation
    • 1.4f - Reconciliation of Cash Advance for Study Subjects, if applicable, Finance Form 307.1.4f
    • Copy of Reimbursement Check advances with unspent balances only
    • University Deposit Inquiry Screen showing the balance refund advances with unspent balances only
    • May send reimbursement check directly to OSR, no cash will be accepted advances with unspent balances only
  • Submit journal for OSR Pre-Audit approval with sufficient time to meet reconciliation deadline
  • Reconciling journals may be rejected if all required forms and documentation from the list above and applicable to the transaction are not provided. Additional documentation which sufficiently supports the allowability of the expenses in the reconciliation, including study logs, if applicable, may be provided in lieu of required documentation in rare cases, subject to OSR Pre-Audit approval.

Approval Process

  • OSR pre-audit technician reviews the journal documentation for completeness and allowability
    • The transaction will be subject to rejection without all required documents
  • OSR pre-audit technician approves or rejects the reconciliation journal
  • If rejected the advance may be reconciled to non-sponsored funds

Contact Information

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

For questions regarding Pre-Award management or Post-Award administration, please contact the assigned Sponsored Projects Specialist (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.


12/04/2020 Revised to clarify supporting documentation requirements.
10/16/2019 Revised to remove requirement of mailing original documentation to OSR Pre-Audit; electronic attachments in the reconciliation journal satisfy documentation requirement.
05/15/2018 Revised to coincide with the release of the new OSR Website.
02/28/2018 Revised operating standard to clarify reconciliation expectation of foreign advances and to allow for a third advance.
08/28/2017 Revised operating standard to clarify expectations of cash advance management, updated hyperlinks to Procedures and Related Operating Standards, and Contacts.
05/29/2013 Revised procedure to include link to OSR Guidance related to Finance Division Policy 302: General Receipts and Deposits.
01/06/2011 Revised policy to clarify authorization required by Principal Investigator.
05/30/2010 Revised policy to conform to Finance Division newly revised Policy 307 – Cash Advance.
12/22/2009 Revised policy to include the compensation threshold that must be reported to Accounting Services.
09/04/2009 Changed title of policy from Compensation for Study Subjects to Cash Advances to reflect additional types of requests for advances.

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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