Delegating Expenditure Approvals: Streamlining Acquisition While Ensuring Compliance

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In a PUI (Primarily Undergraduate Institution) it is common for the post award arm of the institution to perform a 100% expenditure review and approval. Yet, increasingly, these individuals are stretched to capacity, attempting to oversee budgets, personnel costs, and ensuring compliance with the Uniform Guidance. Often their roles cross post award Read More

Effort Reporting versus Payroll Certification


Understanding effort reporting and payroll certification can be somewhat confusing and a very difficult decision for some institutions. Given that salary expenses represent the single largest expense charged to sponsored projects, the federal government requires certification of all salary expenses on federal projects. As such, the government Read More

Summary Report Format for Grant & University Financial Management


Budget spend down management is a fundamental part of grant management and fund accounting, and the generation of accurate, easy to read financial reports is a key part of this process. A summary budget report is often considered the “go to” report in this process as it provides the current balance and / or financial picture of a grant or other Read More

IT Works Inc. Announces National Scholarship Essay Contest


The Scholarship IT Works Inc. is pleased to announce the “IT Works Inc. National Scholarship Essay Contest”. The chosen winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship. IT Works Inc. endeavors to apply technological solutions to problems hampering the advancement and welfare of humanity. We operate under the core values of integrity, honesty, Read More

Good Sponsored Projects Data Collection Can Help You Grow


Sponsored project funding drives innovation and innovation in turn drives growth; therefore organizational sponsored projects offices (SPOs), as well as their overall organizations, rely heavily on good sponsored project data collection to track and monitor sponsored project funding in order to evaluate opportunities for growth. This makes data Read More

Research Round Up: Keeping an Eye on University Research Funding


The landscape is continuously changing when it comes to the nation’s university research funding and investment in health-related research, biotech, science and other initiatives. That’s why our team keeps an eye out for current news related to university research funding, including initiatives from federal agencies that support university Read More

Looking Forward: 4 Reasons to Attend the 2015 SRA Annual Meeting

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The IT Works team is looking forward to joining fellow research management professionals in Las Vegas for the 48th SRA Annual Meeting. The event takes place October 17-21, 2015 and convenes research administrators from across the globe to learn through networking, best practices and more than 135 learning sessions. It’s a terrific opportunity to Read More

How to Backup a Grant Management System


The Y2K Scare An important and necessary step that cannot be overlooked in grant management is to backup a grant management system. I am reminded of this every time I think about the great “Y2K” scare of 1999-2000. At the time, most dates were programmed into computers using a two-digit format for the year (ex: 90 for the year 1990), simply Read More

National Research Administrator Day: Special Thanks to Those Who Help Drive Innovation


The IT Works team is pleased to celebrate a national day of recognition for research administrators. September 25, 2015 is the inaugural “National Research Administrator Day” – an honor spearheaded by the National Council of University Research Administrators. As previous research administrators and collaborators for more than 25 years, our team Read More

Distinguishing between Subawards and Contracted Services


Distinguishing between subawards and contracted services can be difficult for many research administrators. The purpose of the blog today is to outline the differences between the two and why it is important to make the proper distinction. If the proper distinction is not made during the proposal stage, it could affect Facilities and Administration Read More