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The purpose of this standard is to document the expectations and treatment of Research Service Centers (RSCs) at the University.
Research Service Centers (RSCs), also known as cores, core facilities, recharge or service centers, support the research enterprise by providing researchers and scientists with access to infrastructure, scientific technologies, and services that are normally beyond the technical or financial capability of individual Principal Investigators (PIs). Universities that perform Federally-funded research are required to have costing policies that comply with 2 CFR §200 Subpart E.
All performance under sponsored project agreements at the University is subject to internal and external audit according to the guidelines published in 2 CFR §200 Subpart F. This operating standard establishes general foundations for audits of sponsored agreements at the University.
Residual balances on a sponsored project may be transferred to an unrestricted department residual fund account to be used to further University academic, research, and service missions.
Accepting a fixed price agreement involves a degree of risk because the University must complete all work even if the costs exceed the amount of the agreement. In addition to mitigating the risks associated with accepting fixed price agreements, the University must also ensure that relevant costs are assigned to the appropriate project and that the necessary processes are in place to assure consistency in estimating, accumulating, and reporting costs.
This operating standard encourages reconciliation of sponsored project accounts in a timely, accurate fashion and places responsibility for irreconcilable accounts with the departments.
This operating standard presents various types of final reports requested at the end of a project period to close out a sponsored project, with emphasis on collaboration amongst central offices, Office of Sponsored Research (OSR), and the Principal Investigator (PI) in providing and reconciling all pertinent information.
The University must adhere to Federal, State, and University guidelines regarding financial oversight of sponsored projects to receive funding. The purpose of this Operating Standard is to ensure that effort statements completed in connection with University sponsored projects are accurate, reasonably reflect the actual level of effort expended on a sponsored project, and comply with sponsor requirements.
An awareness of the co-dependent relationship between departments and the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) underscores the significant impact each has in producing accurate, timely reports to sponsors and helps maximize expenditures efficiently. This operating standard provides common protocols for maintaining sponsored award accounts that uphold the integrity of research at the University.
Financial reporting is significantly important to assist the University in avoiding non-compliance issues. This operating standard defines the responsibilities of the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) in partnership with the Principal Investigators (PIs), Departmental Administrators (DAs), and sponsoring agencies, in order to cultivate positive relationships with sponsors for continued support for research at the University.
Timely compliance of reporting requirements sustains the University’s integrity in research, maintains continuity of sponsor support, prevents the threat of debarment to the University research community, and protects the University-Sponsor-Research Team relationship from being compromised.
After the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) notifies the department of unallowable costs or an overdraft on a sponsored project, the department will be given an opportunity to resolve the issue before expenditures are moved to the administering department’s unrestricted chartfield string.
To receive funding, the University must adhere to Federal, State, and University guidelines regarding financial oversight of sponsored projects.
Careful consideration of reporting variables combined with scrupulous accounting practices is necessary to safeguard the University's integrity and provide maximum recovery of Facilities and Administrative Costs (F&A) for balances remaining at the end of a sponsored project.
The following cost transfer procedures have been established to comply with the requirements of Uniform Guidance, 2 CFR Part §200, Subpart E, the National Institute of Health (NIH) Grants Policy Statement, and the requirements of other Federal sponsors.