Grants and Contracts Accounting Practices


This guideline outlines the accounting practices applied by the UTSA Office of Financial Affairs to restricted funds received as grants and contracts (sponsored projects). For information on the accounting practices of Grants and Contracts Financial Services, contact the UTSA vice president for Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise.


In addition to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Code of Federal Regulations Title 2: Grants and Agreements > Part 200 (2 CFR 200) Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards governs accounting practices for grants and contracts.

University Guidelines

Table of Contents
  1. Overview
  2. Project Activation
  3. Project Expenditures and Transfers
  4. Project Closeout
  5. Receivables, Billing and Drawdowns
  6. Reporting
  7. Cost Sharing
  8. Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs
  9. Fiscal Year-End Accounting
  10. Program Income

A. Overview

The responsibility for financial management of sponsored projects is shared by the Office of Financial Affairs (Financial Affairs), Post-Award Administration (PAA) and Grants and Contracts Financial Services (GCFS). PAA and GCFS operate under the Office of the Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise (VPREDKE). This guideline primarily addresses the activities for which Financial Affairs is responsible. Processes for which PAA and GCFS are responsible include, but not exclusively, project activation and closeout, cost transfers, billing and accounts management and reporting. For more information on VPREDKE activities, see the vice president for Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise.

B. Project Activation

GCFS is responsible for project activation, which includes assignment of Chartfields for the project in the PeopleSoft system.

Sponsored projects are assigned a Fund, Function, Project ID and Department ID depending on the characteristics of each project, and all sponsored projects have an Activity ID of “1” (Activity ID is not significant for sponsored projects). Related Cost Centers may also be assigned for projects that involve cost sharing. For more information on Project ID and other Chartfields, see fmog.0301.utsa.

Externally funded sponsored projects are classified as restricted funds in accordance with GAAP.

C. Project Expenditures and Transfers

Post-Award Administration within the REDKE office is responsible for monitoring expenditures. System controls also exist within PeopleSoft to aid in ensuring that expenditures are allowable and incurred within the specified performance period, and that sufficient funds are available. For more information, see REDKE’s Expenditure Monitoring procedure.

Financial Affairs processes cost transfers between Cost Centers, and GCFS processes cost transfers between projects that do not involve Cost Centers (transfers between projects only). Regardless of which department processes the cost transfer, if it impacts a project, GCFS approval is required. For detailed information on cost transfers, see REDKE’s Cost Transfer procedure.

D. Project Closeout

The closeout of sponsored projects is primarily the responsibility of GCFS in coordination with Post-Award Administration.

E. Receivables, Billing and Drawdowns

Grants and contracts receivables represent the amount owed to UTSA for expenses associated with sponsored projects.

GCFS is responsible for the billing, collection and reconciliation of grants and contracts receivable. GCFS prepares line of credit drawdown requests for drawdowns from sponsoring agency systems. Financial Affairs performs the drawdowns based on the requests from GCFS, and GCFS performs the related cash deposit reconciliations.

Despite efforts to ensure that funds are not drawn in advance, UTSA may receive federal funds for a particular project prior to the expenditures being incurred. Prepaid and fixed price contracts are examples of such projects.

GCFS identifies the potential for the accrual of an interest liability on federal grants and contracts and forwards the information to Accounting Services, which posts accrued interest on a monthly basis.

If required, Accounting Services remits interest over the amount of $250 per year to the appropriate federal agency at the close of the federal fiscal year.

F. Reporting

GCFS prepares and submits all financial reports to sponsors, including award financial closeout reports. PAA prepares and submits non-financial closeout reports in coordination with the Principal Investigator (PI). The REDKE office submits all reports containing primarily research data, such as the Statistical Research and Non-Research Expenditures Report and the National Science Foundation Survey.

Financial Affairs prepares and submits the federal Disclosure Statement (DS-2), which outlines the cost accounting practices that UTSA follows or proposes to follow. UTSA submitted a DS-2 to the Department of Health and Human Services in September 2008.

Financial Affairs also prepares and submits the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards and coordinates other reports that require information from both GCFS and Financial Affairs, such as the Sources & Uses Report.

G. Cost Sharing

Cost sharing is that portion of a sponsored project’s costs not borne by the sponsoring agency. Either UTSA or a third party may contribute cost sharing to a sponsored project. OSPA assigns related Cost Centers for projects that involve cost sharing and PAA verifies that cost sharing has been authorized as appropriate. GCFS creates all other Cost Centers. For third party cost share, PAA will review and send to GCFS for reporting to the sponsor.

For more information on cost sharing, see REDKE’s Cost Sharing procedure.

H. Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs

Financial Affairs coordinates the preparation and submission of the UTSA F&A Cost Proposal to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Rates are expressed as a percentage of modified total direct costs (MTDC).

F&A rates for the period through August 31, 2021
  • Organized Research — 50.0%
  • Instruction — 50.0%
  • Other Sponsored Activities — 36.0%
  • Off campus — 26.0%

The REDKE office is responsible for F&A rate distribution calculation and the related journal entries.

I. Fiscal Year-End Accounting

Financial Affairs conducts year-end accounting activities including the following:

  • Preparation of schedules for the Annual Financial Report
  • Confirmation of state pass-through funds (GCFS is responsible for assisting with information needed for federal project-related confirmations)

J. Program Income

UTSA is accountable for program income generated from sponsored project activities.

Examples of program income are below:

  • Income from fees for services performed
  • Usage or rental fees charged for use of facilities or equipment
  • Funds generated by the sale of commodities developed by the project (e.g., tissue cultures, cell lines)

Program income earned during the project period is retained by UTSA and must be

  • Added to the funds committed to the project to further eligible project or program objectives;
  • Used to finance the non-federal share of the project or program; or
  • Deducted from the total project or program allowable cost to determine the net allowable costs on which the federal share of costs is based.

If the awarding agency does not specify how program income is to be used, the first bullet above applies to all projects and programs. Federal awards require prior approval from the awarding agency.

UTSA must account for program income using the same rules that apply to federal grant funds. GCFS must be informed whenever it is determined that program income will be generated. In coordination with GCFS, Financial Affairs will determine the appropriate method of accounting for the income. GCFS will establish a Project ID to record the income.

GCFS includes program income in financial reports as required by the awarding agencies.

Related Forms

None at this time.

Revision History

Date Description
12/21/22 Updated references and links to REDKE procedures.
02/25/22 Added requirement for GCFS approval of cost transfers impacting projects (section C). Substantive updates throughout to reflect current practices and responsibilities. Editorial updates for current department/office names.
08/13/19 Updates to the rates and dates in the Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs section
02/01/19 Updates to the rates and dates in the Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs section