Page Updated: December 17, 2020
An Example of a Late Non-Salary Cost Transfer: An error was posted on 9/15, but was not identified until 1/15. A late non-salary cost transfer request should be submitted immediately. However, should this not meet the extenuating circumstances, charges would be required to be moved to a non-sponsored departmental account.
For a Non-Salary Cost transfer to be permissible, it needs to meet the criteria established for both timeliness and appropriateness.
Non-Salary Cost transfers should be processed immediately after the error is identified, but in any case no later than 90 days after the end of the month of the original transaction. Transfers made after this period of time raise questions concerning the propriety of the transfer. Requests for transfers made after 90 days will be considered only under extenuating circumstances.
Note: The University of Wisconsin – Madison is obligated to immediately correct unallowable charges made to sponsored projects, regardless of time frame.
Each Late Non-Salary cost transfer must be clearly explained with supporting documentation. The PI or designee has primary responsibility for fulfilling these requirements and maintaining the related records. In addition, the PI or designee is responsible for providing appropriate documentation. Research and Sponsored Programs may also require additional supporting documentation or information beyond what is required with the late non-salary cost transfer request.
To process Late Non-Salary Cost transfers, you will need to submit a completed Non-Salary Cost Transfer in the Cost Transfer Tool to your School/College Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will route it to Research and Sponsored Programs. The Cost Transfer Tool requires additional justification for non-salary cost transfers made after 90 days. You must provide this complete justification by addressing the following questions:
Generic or incomplete justifications may be returned to the preparer for additional explanation.