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Manage Project

Understanding Pre-Award and Post-Award


University of Michigan Research Project Life Cycle

Managing a project successfully is critical to ensure compliance and additional funding. This may involve aspects such as: reporting milestones, steadily spending your budget, monitoring subcontractors, hiring students, or managing the absence of a project team member.


In this phase of managing your award or project, a variety of tasks come into play to ensure the project is successful, compliant, and eligible for additional funding. Your research administrator (RA) will manage the budget, and may be responsible for managing subcontracts handling students such as Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRAs) and other personnel assigned to the project. Here also, specific reporting requirements come into play for sponsors such as the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Following are the main areas that need to be addressed when managing a successful project.



Ethics & Compliance



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Finance-Sponsored Programs Support for Post-Award Administration

  • Customer Service: Manages the Project/Grant Lifecycle and Rules and Compliance questions
  • Reporting: Manages Research Reporting to meet sponsor guidelines and reconciles A-21 issues
  • Funds Request:
    • Handles Project Billings and Receivables
    • Funds Distribution and handles any special billings and the reconciliation of the various federal letters of credit that are used to fund projects.
  • Office of Contract Administration: Responsible for reviewing and signing contracts and grants associated with sponsored projects, preparing and administering Subcontracts
  • The Finance-Sponsored Programs customer service area is the main contact area for Post Award Administration. Their customer service coordinators are assigned to each of your departments. 

Financial Reporting (Uniform Guidance)

Sponsored Programs prepares the financial status report (FSR) in accordance with the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) (formerly OMB Circular A-110). The Uniform Guidance guidelines set forth detailed requirements with respect to the complete and timely submission of financial reports and other such closeout procedures for federal grants and contracts. Failure to adhere to these reporting requirements in connection with a specific grant or contract may result in the withholding by the federal agency of new awards campus-wide or the suspension of payments for costs incurred by the University on other projects funded by the agency.


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