Purchases using sponsored funds must be made in accordance with A-21 Guidelines, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions. The A-21 guidelines require Sponsored Programs to review transactions meeting certain criteria to determine if they are allowable. The purpose of these federal guidelines is to verify that all expenses charged to a research project have a "direct benefit" and should be charged as "direct costs" to the project. To ensure compliance, all activity affecting a sponsored project/grant should meet the terms and conditions of the grant or contract.
Guidelines must be followed when procuring goods and services with research funds. These research funds include any chartfield combination with either:
Transactions with fund code 20000 or 25000 and meeting the criteria below are reviewed by Sponsored Programs prior to the approval of the purchase.
Please see Sponsored Programs for contact and other information.