Sponsored Financial Reporting

A Business Process Managed by Sponsored Financial Reporting (SFR)

Sponsored Financial Reporting (SFR) is both a set of business processes and the institutional unit reporting to the Controller's Office.

Most of the steps in the sponsored financial reporting business processes are completed cooperatively between you and SFR staff accountants.

  • Preparing and submitting financial reports and invoices: SFR staff accountants work with Principal Investigators and Department Administrators to prepare sponsor-required financial invoices and reports. Invoices and reports are prepared based on the frequency and due date requirements established by the sponsor and written in the award documents. 
  • Recieving revenue: SFR collection representatives follow up with the sponsor on all past due invoices to ensure receipt of payment on invoices and work with both sponsors and academic departments on quality or quantity issues related to non-payment.

  • Award closeout: SFR closes all sponsored awards in the financial system once the award is over, all spending complete and all payments received.

  • Audits: SFR coordinates sponsor, state and federal financial audits including the A-133 audit of expenditures of federal awards. They provide information for the University's annual reports, supplemental schedules and consolidated financial statements.

SPA and SFR jointly maintain a website that provides information related to sponsored projects.

How Do I...

Closing a sponsored award in Peoplesoft Financials is a joint effort between SFR and the academic departments. SFR has created a checklist (pdf) as a tool to facilitate the close out process. Below are some resources that support the process on the checklist.

Training Services has created a document titled Analysis Types (pdf) that has useful information and sample journal entries for the two analysis types introduced in March 2010: Cost share revenue (CSR) and Reallocate F&A (RFA). More information about Analysis Types can be found here (pdf) in "slide" format.

A job aid and queries are available to assist department staff with NIH salary cap payroll and cost sharing calculations. Posted on July 17, 2009.

Did you know that there is a fair amount of confusion when departments calculate the cost sharing towards payroll expenses for individuals who exceed the NIH Salary Cap? To help alleviate this issue SFR and Training Services created a job aid to assist users with calculating payroll and cost-sharing associated with the NIH Salary Cap. The job aid provides a high-level summary of the NIH Salary Cap process and procedures as well as links to a helpful spreadsheet and queries payroll and accounting staff can utilize in calculating and monitoring cost-sharing for individuals exceeding the NIH Salary Cap.

The job aid (pdf) is located on the Training Services website.

Salary Cap Summary (FY1990 - FY2010)

Payroll and cost share calculation worksheet (xlsx)

Departments typically have 60 days or fewer after the end date of the sponsored project to record activity in the general ledger, depending on the sponsor and type of award--please read the information below. Contact your Grant Administrator in SPA or your Grant Accountant in SFR for more specific deadlines for your project.

If for some reason there is activity that belongs on a sponsored account but the deadlines have passed, contact SFR as soon as possible. The staff there can provide further guidance.

For Federal awards the University generally has 90 days to liquidate all encumbrances and submit the final financial report. In order to meet that deadline all transactions should be processed within 60 days of the end date so that the final financial report can be prepared and still allow the PI and department adequate time to review it before it is submitted to the sponsor. If departments were allowed the full 90 days to process transactions, there would not be adequate time to prepare, review, and submit the report before the sponsors deadline.

The deadlines are different if the University is a subrecipient on a Federal award. In these cases the University has 60 days to submit a final report/invoice to the institution that we received the subaward from so that they can incorporate that information into their final financial report to the prime sponsor by the 90 day deadline. For these types of awards departments would have less than 60 days after the end date to process transactions.

PeopleSoft Financials will stop any transactions beginning at 90 days after the end date.

A job aid has been created that shows how to look up the Grant Administrator or SFR Accountant in EFS. See theEFS-SP Web site and refer to the section called EFS Training and Job Aids.

Business Processes

Grants, Projects, Contracts

GPC01 Award Close Out
GPC03 Establishing Sub recipients
GPC04 Grants Analysis
GPC05 Grants Maintenance
GPC06 Management Reports
GPC08 Managing Award Billing
GPC09 Managing Awards
GPC11 Managing Financial Reporting
GPC12 Managing Program Income and TIP
GPC13 Modifying Awards
GPC14 Preparing Proposals, incl EGMS
GPC15 WorkCenter
GPC80 Batch Processing
GPC90 Integration
GPC99 Nonsponsored Projects
GPC99 Sponsored Budget Inquiry

Accounts Receivable

AR01 Item entry
AR02 Payment Entry, incl Lockbox, Dept Deposits
AR04 Payment Application, Payment Predictor
AR06 Collections, Customer Correspondence
AR07 Analyze Receivables, incl Aging
AR08 Item Maintenance
AR09 Sales Tax Reporting
AR10 Merchant Card Processing, PCI DSS
AR11 AR Maintenance
AR12 WorkCenter
AR80 Batch Processing
AR90 Integration
AR99 Write-offs


BI01 Customer Maintenance
BI02 Create Bills
BI05 Finalize and Print
BI06 Adjust Bills
BI07 WorkCenter
BI08 BI Maintenance
BI80 Batch Processing
BI90 Integration

Uniform Guidance 2014

Expect significant policy, procedure, business process, system, and training changes as SFR implements the new federal Uniform Guidance (replacing OMB Circulars A-21, A-110, and A-133) and implements other significant agency changes, such as the move to NIH subaccounts.

SFR is most grateful to the U community for the great response to our request for volunteers to help with the Uniform Guidance. We have created seven Uniform Guidance Work Groups, shown below, in addition to our Uniform Guidance Steering Committee and some very talented individual specialists.

  • Costing
  • Pre-Award / Sub-Award
  • COI Work
  • Purchasing
  • Property
  • HR / Effort
  • Post-Award

Follow the work of these groups, as well as the continuing national efforts and agency implementation guidance, on the Uniform Guidance web site.