Many sponsors require that grantees make efforts to utilize small, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses whenever possible. In addition, recipients of sponsored awards must comply with applicable state, federal, sponsor, and university requirements for procuring goods and services when funds from these sources are used.
These requirements may include the need for sponsor approval prior to acquisition of goods or services.
With the exception of automatic and/or scheduled payments, Sponsored Financial Services (SFS) is responsible for billing all sponsors. Billings are done through letter-of-credit drawdowns, installments, and cost reimbursable agreements on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated in the award document.
Every sponsored project needs to have language in the agreement that explains the following:
Once an award has been made to the university, the principal investigator (PI) and unit administrator need to monitor expenses to see that all costs charged to the sponsored project are allowable, allocable, and reasonable when costs are being incurred.
In addition to actual costs, here are some of the key elements of monitoring sponsored projects:
Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR 200) is the regulation that replaces OMB Circulars A-21, A-110, and A-133, and it starts to become effective on December 26, 2014.
The Uniform Guidance contains the following sections: