Accepting and Administering Awards
With rare exceptions, awards are made to the University, not to the individual faculty member. When an award has been made, reviewed for contractual obligations, and accepted by the University, the Grants Accounting Office sets up a unique account for the funds associated with the award and the project can begin.
The Financial Compliance Coordinator for Sponsored Programs, Ann Marie Kline, works with faculty throughout the funding period to maintain proper accounting/allocation
of budget dollars and to assist in other ways that will help meet budgetary and reporting
requirements of the grant. She can be reached at ext. 3349 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Grant Management
Procedure can vary depending on the funder. Many funders use electronic fund transfers and some require invoicing. The Office of Accounting Services processes all drawdowns and invoicing in coordination with the Research and Sponsored Programs Office.
A variety of individuals, including faculty, students, staff and consultants may be eligible for grant payment. The budget faculty members submit with their grant proposal will dictate how funds are allocated.
Payment for work completed under a grant may fall under one of several categories including full-time employment, part-time employment, student employment, stipend, or consultant. Payment is made by payroll check for all Wilkes employees, including students. The PI must complete a position description form and a create-a-position form for each new position that is to be supported by a grant. All new employees are required to complete a personnel status change form and tax forms before they begin work. Consultants complete an agreement form and are paid by check; they are responsible for their own tax payments. Ann Marie Kline will help facilitate all required paperwork.
All grant employees must maintain a time and effort report, which includes the date, amount of time, and task performed under the grant. Grant P.I. or project director reviews time cards and provides appropriate sign off and forwards to Ann Marie Kline for final review. The time and effort report forms will be provided by the Sponsored Program Office.
You may contact Ann Marie Kline for the balance of a grant.
As with personnel and consultant costs, expenditures related to the project will be detailed in the budget you submitted with your proposal. Grant and contract-related purchase requisitions, check requests, and cash advances must be approved by Research and Sponsored Programs Office. All reimbursement requests, and accompanying receipts, will require a date stamp from the Office of Grant Support before payment will be made. This stamp will indicate authorization to process the payment.
Indirect costs are those expenses associated with overhead that are necessary to complete a project, but are not typically charged to a grant budget. The University operating budget receives 50% of all budgeted indirect costs. A portion of the remaining 50% is distributed to the P.I. for his or her discretionary use to support ongoing research. Typically the department also receives a percentage of the indirect funds.
Many of the forms you may need as you implement your grant are available for download.
- Personnel Requisition Form to request creation of a position number when a new non-faculty position is created that will be paid under a particular grant.
- Personnel Status Change Form to request compensation for an employee being paid from a grant fund. Form is
used once at the beginning of employment to enter new 100% grant funded (full-time
and part-time) employees into the payroll system. Form is also used by faculty or
staff members who make occasional contributions to a funded project and who are requesting
payment over and above their regular salary for such contributions.
- Salaried Position Time/Effort Certification Form is used to document effort when an employee's salary is either fully or partially
funded by a grant.
- Hourly Position Time/Effort Certification Form is used to document time and effort when an employee is contributing hours to
a grant funded effort that is above and beyond their normal duties and regular work
- Student Time Sheet Form is used to document time and effort by student employees who are paid under
- Check Request Form to request a check for direct payment of a grant related expense.
- Travel Reimbursement Form is used to request reimbursement for grant related travel expenses.
- Consultant Agreement Form is used to formalize contractual arrangement with any independent contractor
performing a grant funded service on campus. (Some examples would include speakers,
guest artists/directors, surveyors, writers, etc.)
- General Event Release Form serves a similar function to the consultant agreement form; it is used when
the service provided is smaller in scope and does not require a formal contract.
- Purchase Order Form is used to initiate a procurement action for goods or services requiring a purchase