Financial Responsibility for Sponsored Projects Policy Revised

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Published November 10, 2022

The university has updated the Financial Responsibility for Sponsored Projects Policy. The revised policy has been approved and signed by President Tripathi and is available in the University Policy Library



The University at Buffalo accepts external financial support for research, training, and other activities and agrees to comply with the conditions of the support through sound financial management practices. The Principal Investigator (PI), and in part their college or school, is responsible for maintaining the financial integrity of a sponsored project including compliance with all terms and conditions of the award, managing funds within the approved budget, initiating requests for budget and program changes, and submitting technical reports and non-financial project deliverables.

Policy Revisions

The policy was updated to:
  • Add salary overpayments resulting from departmental negligence as a circumstance that may result in an unrecoverable cost
  • Add a definition for Sponsored Award
  • Add responsibilities for Human Resources and Financial Management


This policy applies to all PIs who administer sponsored projects.


For questions and additional guidance, contact Sponsored Projects Services at 716-645-2646 or