Financial Research Administrators (FRAs) provide accounting and financial compliance support for all UNH sponsored programs. The FRAs work collaboratively with Principal Investigators, BSC and department staff, Research Administration and other University units to provide guidance on allowability and allocation of costs onto sponsored program funds for financial compliance with award terms and sponsor restrictions. Our office is responsible for invoicing, financial reporting, accounts receivable and closeout of awards. We implement and oversee internal controls for sponsored programs including effort reporting, subrecipient financial risk assessment and periodic sampling of transactions for compliance. AFC is the primary contact for the annual Single Audit, all sponsor initiated audits/site visits with a financial review component, and provide support for internal audits impacting sponsored programs.
Quick Guide for PIs/PDs
PIs are responsible for most aspects of sponsored research, including compliance with institutional policy and federal regulation. Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA), has developed this quick guide to familiarize PIs with essential administration and compliance topics.
After an award has been accepted, it is the responsibility of the University to ensure that the terms and conditions are followed. Because a variety of different issues may arise during this phase of a sponsored project, it is important to review the notice of award. This link will provide you with specific guidance on award management including, managing personnel costs, allowable cost principles, cost policies, cost sharing, cost transfers, subaward management, reporting requirements and other grant actions.
Effort reporting is the mechanism used to confirm that salaries and wages allocated and charged to projects funded by all external sponsors is reasonable in relation to the actual effort performed on the project.
Federal regulations from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance require that institutions receiving federal awards maintain systems and procedures documenting the distribution of activity, and associated payroll costs, to each individual sponsored agreement.
Federal Guidelines & Conditions
UNH must adhere to particular terms and conditions for federal awards that are made to UNH. It is important to review the terms and conditions specified in the notice of award (NOA).
Find your FRA
FRAs submit invoices and pursue collections from sponsors for all UNH sponsored programs. FRA’s prepare and submit required financial reports to the sponsors. They are knowledgeable of award terms and conditions as well as federal regulations. FRA’s are assigned responsibility for specific UNH departments.