It is the policy of New York University (NYU, “the University”) to comply with the requirements of the Federal Office of Management and Budget Uniform Guidance (OMB Uniform Guidance) for the financial management of sponsored projects including the timely and accurate closeout for awards.
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance on the Federal and other sponsor requirements for award closeout.
This policy is applicable to all schools, departments units and personnel of the University involved in managing sponsored awards and contracts.
On a timely basis, Department Administrators (DA’s) should run reports to identify projects expiring within 90 days. The Principal Investigators (PI’s) and the DA should ensure that all project costs have been appropriately charged. As the project nears termination, it is important to review all costs and remove those that are unallowable or inappropriate. Listed below are the responsibilities for award closeout by area.
For subaward/subcontracts where NYU is the subrecipient, the final invoice should generally be submitted to the prime grantee within 60 days after the award end date. Conversely, NYU must receive the final invoice from sub-recipients within 60 days of the award end date to allow for proper review and timely submission of the report and/or invoice to the sponsor.
Publication charges may be made to the Federal award before closeout for the costs of publication or sharing of research results if the costs are not incurred during the period of performance of the Federal award.
In accordance with sponsor imposed limits, it is acceptable to process payments for costs that were incurred prior to the end of the project/award but posted to the project after the termination date but before the reporting deadline (e.g., 90 days for Federal). Such costs must be posted to the project prior to financial reporting deadline prescribed by the sponsor. Any charges posted after the termination date will need to be explained and justified for allowability.
Examples of common “after award-end date” charges include:
If a sponsored project is about to expire, departments should notify the service/recharge center (e.g., animal care, imaging services) generally 60 days prior to expiration so charges no longer post to the sponsored project after the termination date. The department should also provide a new chartfield for any future charges. At the department's discretion, telephone charges may be posted to a default account. The default account may be used pending the set-up of a new project code to bill the telephone service.
If there is an encumbrance balance remaining on account lines after all expenses have posted, it is the department’s responsibility to notify Payroll or Purchasing to remove the encumbrance. This may require the department to submit a payroll action in PeopleSync or a change order in the i-Buy NYU system to reduce the outstanding purchase orders (PO’s)/subcontracts balances to zero. For subcontract purchase orders (PO’s) established prior to 2009, departments should contact Procurement or SPA directly to close out the PO. Procurement encumbrance balances of less than one dollar will automatically be cleared by the Financial Management Systems (FSM) at fiscal year-end.
Deficits (i.e., over-expenditures) occur when cumulative expenses exceed the amount awarded by the sponsor and may be considered voluntary uncommitted cost sharing. It is the department’s responsibility to transfer deficits out of sponsored awards promptly to a corresponding cost share chartfield and no later than 90 days after the termination date.
NYU cannot request reimbursement or payment from the awarding sponsor for unallowable or unallocable costs. If audited such costs may give the appearance of inadequate financial controls and inappropriate stewardship of sponsored funds at NYU. See the Accounting for Unallowable Costs Policy.
Potential unallowable/unallocable costs:
Occasionally, fixed price agreements are entered into with sponsoring agencies by the University and permit the University to retain the unexpended (cash) balance at project expiration. These agreements should include a statement that if a cash balance exists after the project is completed and all costs have been fully paid, the University is entitled to retain surplus funds. Before any surplus will be transferred to an account designated by the department, the project will be charged the difference between the overhead rate assessed on the sponsored award and the University’s Federally negotiated rate. Any remaining surplus balance will be transferred to the department’s discretionary chartfield.
DA's should inform SPA of the submission dates for all final Technical Reports. SPA cannot perform award closeout if these reports are still outstanding. While the requirements vary by sponsor, the following reports may be required for projects. For Federal awards, these reports are generally due within 90 days of the project-end date:
When a PI is leaving NYU and plans to transfer or terminate an award, the following procedures must be followed timely and efficiently to notify all individuals of required actions.
Transfer of Sponsored Research to Another Institution
Terminating the Project
The PI or Project Director, with appropriate clearances from the department and the school, submits to OSP a justification for the termination of the award. SPA, with the PI and department, estimates any unliquidated expenditures and future unobligated balance up to the proposed termination date and provides to OSP and the sponsor as appropriate.
Effective Date Supersedes 09/01/13 Issuing Authority Sponsored Programs Administration Responsible Officer Assistant Vice President for Post-Award Administration
The process by which a Federal or non-Federal awarding sponsor determines that all applicable administrative actions and all required work of the award have been completed by the recipient and sponsor. This refers both to an internal closeout as well as ensuring external sponsor requirements have been met.