To provide an understanding of required documentation indicating approval for expenses charged to sponsored projects
May 2020Responsible Office
No charge may be made against a fund without the approval of the principal investigator (PI) as required by Sponsored Projects Policy No. 2110.
All expenses charged to a sponsored program must be necessary, reasonable, and allowable for the conduct of the project.
All expenses charged to a sponsored program must be supported by dated original documentation identifying the fund charged.
Approval documentation may be in any of several forms, including but not limited to signed and dated fax, memo, letter, log by the PI, or email directly from the PI to the individual executing the financial transaction. Approval may also be documented via PI acknowledgement on periodic grant financial transaction reports.
For purposes of effort certification, non-PI certifiers (e.g. a responsible official certifying on behalf of the individual whose effort report has been generated) must have a suitable means of verification after-the-fact that the effort was expended. Documentation can consist of any of the above, dated after the reported effort.
Documentation, electronic or other, must be available and accessible at all times for audit purposes. If an approval is obtained via email it must be retained in departmental records per Penn’s record retention policy.
All documentation must be retained in accordance with Sponsored Projects Policy No. 2132.
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