Advanced Awards/Accounts

An advanced fund number may be requested by the unit before the agreement has been signed by the University if sufficient evidence is provided to indicate a high likelihood that the award will be made. For example, if the PI has received written confirmation that funding is forthcoming, it might be reasonable to request an advanced fund.

NOTE: The unit is fully responsible for any charges made to an advance account should an award or amendment not materialize. The department is also fully responsible for adhering to any sponsor-imposed rules regarding pre-award costs. Please also note that advance funds are not appropriate for projects that are subject to publication restrictions, foreign national restrictions, export control regulations, or data security requirements. In such circumstances, appropriate protocols must be put in place (e.g., Technology Control Plans and/or Data Security Plans) before work can commence. Other compliance concerns (e.g., human subjects, animal subjects) must also be addressed before performance can begin.