Guidelines related to post-award administration of Research Fund:

Hospital Authorities Reimbursement

Hospital authorities through the various hospitals incur expenses for UBC PIs who hold research grants at UBC.

UBC is ultimately responsible to the sponsor that is funding the research project. Providing appropriate and complete supporting documentation is one of the elements for compliance and an important control to eliminate risks associated with insufficient or improper supporting documentation. We therefore need to clarify the supporting documentation requirements according to type of transaction.

The PI’s approval on the "Create Supplier Invoice or Create Supplier Invoice Request" task in Workday represents authorization to pay.

Required Supporting Documentation

Salary and Benefits

  • Employee name
  • Position/Job title
  • Nature of work performed
  • Period worked
  • Proof of payment, as posted in general ledger (GL)
  • Formula/calculation how salary or benefit charged based on proof of payment
  • Formula/calculation of allocation with no proof of payment, i.e. vacation leave

Operational/Technical/Laboratory Supplies

  • If taken from hospital inventory:
    • Item (description)
    • Quantity
    • Unit cost
    • Total
  • If reimbursement is 3rd party vendor payment:
    • Copy of invoice/receipt (original may be requested during audit)
    • Purchase order according to UBC guidelines

Travel Expenses

  • Travel expense report with the following information:
    • Name of traveler
    • Position/Job Title
    • Inclusive dates of travel and location
    • Purpose of travel that explains its relevance to the research project
    • Signature of traveler
  • Provide backup(s) that the travel took place, such as
    • Boarding pass (only if required by the sponsor)
    • E-ticket receipt
    • Conference registration/prospectus/agenda
    • Hotel receipt
    • Transportation receipt, i.e. taxi, bus fare

Fees – Professional/Technical/Research Services

  • Internal billing
    • Description of service or work done as it relates to the research project
    • Period covered
    • Formula or calculation of fees
  • If reimbursement involves a 3rd party vendor payment
    • Agreement or purchase order according to UBC guidelines
    • Copy of invoice/receipt (original may be requested during audit)


To simplify the process involving 3rd party payment and travel reimbursement and for original supporting documentation to be maintained at UBC, we strongly recommend that UBC directly reimburses the vendor or traveller.

Interfund Transfer - Research Grant

Interfund transfers are initiated by Office of Research Services (ORS) and University Industry Liaison Office (UILO) for the current month through integration from RISe to Workday (WD), and Research Finance (RF)  will process succeeding fund transfers.

ORS and UILO will provide a report of succeeding interfund transfers for RF to process in Workday.

Departments should coordinate with ORS or UILO for interfund transfers affecting Grant worktags, to update the budget in RISe then to Workday.

Interfund transfer is only applicable for Fixed Amount award line type. There should be no interfund transfer for Cost Reimbursable award line type in order not to duplicate revenue of the non-primary award line. Revenue for Cost reimbursable award line is recognized at the specific award line where expense is posted.

Ledger Accounts & Spend/Revenue Categories:

Ledger Account Spend Category
9800 Transfers Out Transfers Out | From Capital
  Transfers Out | From Endowment
  Transfers Out | From General Purpose Operating
  Transfers Out | From Research
  Transfers Out | From Scholarships and Bursaries
  Transfers Out | From Trust


Ledger Account Revenue Category                                               
4800 Transfers In Transfers In | From Capital
  Transfers In | From Endowment
  Transfers In | From General Purpose Operating
  Transfers In | From Research
  Transfers In | From Scholarships and Bursaries
  Transfers In | From Trust


Unrestricted Research Funds


Research funds from internal sources or from external sources where the Sponsor has no restrictions on the use of funds are recorded in Unrestricted Research Fund Code FD220. Internal sources include funds transferred from programs, unrestricted research, and unrestricted gifts worktags in fund code FD810. There are four major components of unrestricted research funds:

  1. Start-up funds
  2. Surplus from expired research grants
  3. Matching contributions
  4. Fee for Services 
  • Start-up funds are funds from internal sources, generally from programs and unrestricted research worktags to support Principal Investigators (PIs) establish their research operations.
  • Surplus from expired research grants must meet the following criteria to be categorized as unrestricted:
    • Agreement or award letter indicates that surplus will be retained by the PI/Institution, or
    • Agreement or award letter is silent on the treatment of surplus and it is below 40% of total project funding, or
    • Sponsor is invoiced through cost recovery or upon delivery of certain milestones. 

      These funds were originally intended for research and should continue to be used for such purpose in a broad sense, such as travel expenses to attend research conferences, hire students for research and other research supplies when these are not covered by other research projects.

      PI must comply with applicable ethics requirements when funds are used for research projects.

  • Matching contributions are from internal sources, such as programs, unrestricted research and unrestricted gifts worktags to comply with certain conditions for the research project as whole.

  • Fee for services are revenues generated for activities with research component, including clinical trials.

A research grant worktag is created to facilitate accounting and reporting where needed with differentiating parameters as follows:


Create Research Grant Worktag

  1. ORS/UILO Research Officer creates research grant worktag following standard guidelines in creating an award/grant in RISe.

Process for Expired Grants with Surplus

     Research Finance Officer - 

  1. Reviews expired research grant with surplus
  2.  Apply the criteria above to determine if surplus could be categorized as unrestricted and be retained by PI/institution
  3. If so, coordinates with PI to confirm the transfer of surplus to his/her unrestricted research grant, if one already exists. If not, PI has to request the setup of new unrestricted research by submitting an RPIF to ORS
  4. Transfers the surplus net of overhead (if expired grant F&A Rate Agreement > 0%) to PI’s unrestricted research grant
  5. Inactivates the expired grant
  6. Requests ORS/UILO to increase the budget of PI’s unrestricted grant.

​Applicable UBC policies and guidelines​