Closing Out Your Sponsored Project

A unique characteristic of sponsored project funds versus other trust funds is their limited life span. As such, every sponsored agreement must be "closed out" at some point in time, and a final financial report may have to be sent to the sponsoring agency.

  • For most agreements, closeout comes at the end of the project period, which may be either a single or multi-year period. 
  • For some agreements, a formal closeout is required at the end of each budget period within the project period.
  • You should receive reminders from Special Funds Accounting (SFA) as your closeout date nears, along with a helpful checklist of final tasks.
  • The keys to a successful closeout of a sponsored agreement are:
    • Working with your contact person in SFA and your Departmental Administrator to identify all of the costs of the project;
    •  The submission of a timely and accurate financial status report (FSR)**, and other reports as required by the terms and conditions of the award agreement, to the agency. 

** The FSR is a generic term for the agency-prescribed method of reporting expenditures whether it is a final invoice or other format.

  • Other reports that may be required are MBE/WBE (a report of purchases from Minority-Owned or Women-Owned Businesses), Final Inventory of Equipment, or Final Report of Patents and Inventions. 
  • Each staff person in SFA is responsible for compliance with these procedures as they close out their assigned sponsored agreements.
  • Any final cash balances, positive or negative, must be resolved before the fund can be inactivated. Residual balances of fixed price contracts are closed in accordance with related procedures.


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