University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Comments sought on Cost Transfers policy

Cost Transfers policy revised

Policy 1, Cost Transfers, went into effect Feb. 14, 2012. While this policy is not new, the policy statement and procedures have been revised for policy clarification.

A campus-wide comment period will be held Feb. 14-28 for Policy 2, Effort Reporting.

Policy Statement: A cost transfer is a reassignment of an expenditure from one funding source to another. This policy applies to cost transfers involving one or more sponsored funding sources.

It is the policy of the University of North Dakota (UND) to charge expenditures to the appropriate funding source when first incurred. There are circumstances in which it may be necessary to transfer expenditures to or from a sponsored funding source subsequent to the initial recording of the expenditure. Those transactions require monitoring for compliance with UND policy and sponsor regulations. Please note, the principal investigator (PI) has the responsibility to ensure the integrity of expenditures charged to a sponsored project.

Reason for Policy: A policy is necessary to comply with sponsor, institutional, state, and federal requirements for appropriate handling of expenditures. Expenditures are to be charged to the appropriate funding source(s) in a timely manner. If cost transfers are necesary, they are to be timely, well-documented, allowable, and have appropriate signatures. All incorrect charges to sponsored projects must be transferred regardless of the time frame.

Adherence to this procedure is necessary. An inappropriate or poorly documented cost transfer may result in Federal regulators denying reimbursement of these expenditures or imposing other sanctions on UND, such as fines or administrative restrictions, including imposing additional prior approvals.

Additional Revisions:
• Updated required forms
• Removed Tip Sheet
• Added Frequently Asked Questions

To view the proposed policy, visit the Division of Research & Economic Development’s policy website: UND.edu/research/resources/policy-updates.cfm.

Submit comments to Trinity Bohlman, cost/compliance analyst: trinity.bohlman@UND.edu.


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