Home | Process | Manage Subawards | Unit Subaward Management

Responsibility: Units
Prepared by: FOT
Work Instruction Number: WI-MS-10

Request new subaward

Subaward account set up

Monitor subaward progress and invoicing

Closeout subaward

For an overview of subawards and specific information about basic considerations, roles/responsibilities, as well as activities related to pre- and post-award activities, visit the Subawards sitelet.

Request new subaward

Verify that all information required at proposal time was completed. If any documents are missing, they must be provided as soon as an award notification from the prime sponsor is received.  If the scope of work or budget/budget justification have changed since proposal time, revised versions must be provided. Request these and IACUC/IRB approval from the subrecipient organization – if applicable.

In addition, the ASU PI must complete the following:

Subawards will not be set up until all of these documents and any other additional documents requested by PNT Subawards are received.

Once all required documents are received by PNT, PNT Subawards will draft the subaward agreement, obtain the ASU PI’s approval, obtain the necessary signatures, and distribute the fully executed subaward agreement to all parties

Subaward account set up

Each subaward will be set up as an individual account. A Basis Limit may be applied to subaward grant accounts if the award is subject to sponsor policies that limit the amount of F&A institutions can charge to subaward expenditures (e.g. on standard federal awards, subaward costs after the first $25,000 are excluded from F&A charges).

Monitor subaward progress and invoicing

Non-payroll expenditures

Subaward invoices are normally received by the Award Management team and forwarded to the PI for review and approval. The RA or the unit’s public email box will be copied on the email. The Award Management team will ensure the invoice is prepared in accordance with the requirements of the subaward. The PI of the project is responsible for reviewing and approving invoices. When approving the invoice, the PI is certifying that they are satisfied with the progress/results of the subawardee.

  • If the PI/RA receives the subaward invoice directly from the subawardee, the invoice should be forwarded to [email protected] for processing. If the PI has reviewed and approved the invoice, the PI’s approval should be forwarded along with the invoice to [email protected] to avoid duplication of effort.

PI oversight of fiscal and programmatic performance

The subawardee’s technical progress and invoicing should be reviewed on a quarterly basis at a minimum. Because each subaward is set up in its own account, the balance can be viewed in Workday using any of grant expenditure reports such as the Budget to Actuals – Grant.

  • If the subaward account is not showing any expenditures for 3-4 months, the RA should contact the assigned GCO to confirm no invoices have been received by ASU.
  • If no invoices have been received, the PI/RA staff should follow up with the subawardee to investigate why there is a delay and encourage timely invoicing.

Paperwork regarding potential expenditures should be kept together and organized for ready accessibility and in a way that is easily understandable by anyone who would require access in the event of an audit or the absence of a record keeper per FIN 103.

Closeout subaward

Principal investigator

If the project is ending within 60 days, PIs are advised to take the following actions based on the three scenarios below:

Additional time and/or funding is expected from the sponsor:

Contact the Unit/Department RA staff notifying that the plan is to extend or close the subaward once the award modification is received. The RA will initiate a Award Change Request in ERA on the PI’s behalf.

Additional time and/or funds is not expected from the sponsor but a No-Cost Extension is needed to continue work on the project:

Contact the Unit/Department RA notifying them of the need to extend or close the subaward once the no-cost extension is approved. The RA will initiate an Award Change Request in ERA on the PI’s behalf.

Additional time and/or funds from the sponsor and do not need additional time to complete the work on the project:

Notify the assigned RA staff who will send an email to [email protected] confirming the closeout of subaward can commence. The subaward closeout process will automatically commence 60 days from the subaward end date if a request for extension is not received.

Unit/dept administrator (i.e.. research advancement staff, business operations managers)

If the award is ending within 60 days, RAs are advised to perform the following actions:Confirm subawardees are current on submission of invoices; work with PI to develop SOW and budget if not included in the original subaward request. Create an Award Change Request in ERA if subaward(s) need to be extended and/or additional funds added. (NOTE: subawards can be extended only if the parent project account will be as well.)