The Office of Sponsored Programs provides assistance to faculty and staff in reviewing award agreements, negotiating terms acceptable to the investigator and satisfying university policy concerns. Sponsored Programs staff assist with award management and clarifying regulations, advise on allowable costs, subcontracts or revisions; and help resolve administrative problems that arise during the course of the project. Upon accepting the agreement, sponsored programs staff:
- Assist the principal investigator in managing the award and help to clarify agency regulations and policies;
- Advise on such matters as allowable costs, subcontracts, or revisions; and
- Help resolve administrative problems that arise during the course of the project.
To ensure that they understand their responsibilities in managing their project, first-time investigators should meet with OSP staff as early as possible.
|Conflict of Interest Form||Completed annually by all individuals who have responsibility for the design, conduct, or reporting of an externally funded sponsored project.|
|Cost Transfer Guidance||Reference document to ensure cost transfers on sponsored projects are requested in a timely manner, adequately documented, sufficiently reviewed and approved, and in compliance with federal, agency, and university regulations.|
|Fixed Price Award Procedures||This document explains special guidelines that pertain to the financial management and close out of Fixed Price Agreements.|
|Fly America Act Exception Form||Form to request that international airfare on a non-US flag air carrier be charged to a federally sponsored program.|
|Indirect Cost Charge Exception Form||Form to request costs on a proposal that would normally be covered by indirect costs such as administrative/clerical salaries, copies, postage.Contact Sponsored Programs to initiate a request in DocuSign.|
|Institutional Prior Approval Form||Form to request changes to an award such as no-cost extension, budget revisions, personnel time. Clicking the link will initiate a request in DocuSign.|
|Other Grants Accounting Forms||Link to the Grants Accounting site where other forms and workflows needed for Sponsored Projects may be located (e.g. Cost Transfer Request, Salary Distribution Revision)|
|Award Initiation||Overview of award processes at Kent State, from award notification to generation of an account index to budget revision requests.|
|Compliance||Overview of compliance and management issues relevant to sponsored projects.|
|Compliance - Fly America Act||Regulations for international travel on federal funds. Includes copy of Fly America Act Exception Form.|
|Cost Sharing||Overview of Cost-Sharing: categories, types and processes at Kent State for documenting these expenses.|
|Direct Costs||Overview of Direct Costs: definition, determining allowability, and examples of allowable and non-allowable costs.|
|Direct vs. Indirect Costs Matrix||Examples of costs that may generally be charged as direct costs vs. those covered by Facilities & Administrative Costs and not generally charged to the Sponsored Agreement.|
|Monitoring Expenditures||An overview of how to monitor grant expenditures and account index balance using Banner reports.|
|Roles & Responsibilities||Defines roles and responsibilities of Grants Accounting, Sponsored Programs, the department, the PI, and the Office of Internal Audit in award administration.|
|Roles & Responsibilities Post-Award Matrix||A list of grant-related post-award activities and who is responsible for them.|
|Staffing the Project||Principles governing payment of project personnel and procedures for charging personnel time to a sponsored project.|
|Subawards Manual||Overview of procedures involving subaward agreements including initiation, monitoring, modifications and closeout.|
|Grants Management Manual Presentation||Overview of the Grants Management Manual and its sections|
Upon acceptance of a grant or contract, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) requests a new account from Grants Accounting in Business & Finance. Throughout the life of a funded project, OSP and Grants Accounting work together to manage the award.
OSP prepares a spending plan for the principal investigator that translates the approved budget into codes from the university’s accounting system, Banner. A grant budget summary report showing the charges against a particular grant fund for a selected time period is available to run from FlashLine > "My Action Items" in the Finance Reports box. Instructions for running the report.
Post-Award Management and Responsibilities
Principal Investigators are responsible for the day-to-day direction and administration of their project and must comply with all university and agency policies and regulations. OSP staff members are available to advise and assist. The OSP staff has expertise in the areas of cost principles, agency regulations and compliance issues.
Principal Investigators are also responsible for monitoring all expenditures charged to the grant account and ensuring that charged expenditures are allowable. To ensure the effective allocation of resources, the OSP staff can assist in interpreting month-end financial reports and in projecting expenditures to the end of the grant period.
Requirements for project technical and financial reports are set by the funding agency. These types of reports are typically required.
- Technical reports – Most agencies require an annual progress report and a final technical report. Principal Investigators are responsible for preparing these reports. OSP staff will transmit them to the funding agency on the investigator’s behalf. As part of the requisite official grant record, the Principal Investigator must file a copy of all reports with OSP. These records are reviewed as part of our annual audit.
- Financial reports - The grant accountant assigned to the project prepares the financial report based on the expenditures recorded in the account. Principal Investigators have the opportunity to review the financial report prior to submission to the funding agency.
- Project closeout – After the project’s termination date, no additional expenditures may be incurred. Funding agencies normally require the final technical and financial report 90 days after the project ends. The 90-day period permits sufficient time for expenditures incurred before the end of the project to be liquidated and gives the principal investigator time to prepare the technical report. Patent disclosure, equipment disposition, and other required reports may be submitted after the termination date or with the final report. Grant/contract records are subject to annual audit; they must be retained for a minimum of three years from the date the final reports are filed.
Changes to Funded Sponsored Programs
Certain changes to a funded sponsored project must receive prior approval from the sponsoring agency, while other revisions may be approved institutionally through ‘expanded authorities’ granted to Kent State. Any desired changes to an existing sponsored project should be requested by submitting a completed Institutional Prior Approval Form to OSP. Click here to initiate a request in DocuSign. The requested modifications will be reviewed and any necessary agency approval received. Completing this process before implementing changes will ensure that incurred costs are allowable.