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Managing Sponsored Project Funds: Billing/ Payment Methods

Read about the billing and payment methods for sponsored project awards.

Billing and payment processes

Sponsored Projects Finance (SPF) is responsible for managing billing and payment processes for sponsored projects. The only exceptions are clinical trials, which are managed by the Dean's Office of the School of Medicine.

If you manage sponsored project funds for your department, you should monitor this activity and communicate with SPF regarding the status of your award payments. Read the information below for background information on how SPF handles billing and payment.


After OCGA sets up the award in Kuali, SPF sets it up in OFC (Oracle Financials Cloud) and SPARCM. An automated IFOP email goes to the listed Fund Manager and MSO with the award details. 

Payment basis

Agencies specify the award type, which falls into one of two categories:

  • Fixed price: Regardless of project cost, the University is entitled to be paid the full award amount after it meets all award terms. It is not required to account for costs or refund an unexpended balance.
  • Cost reimbursable: The University is entitled to collect only an amount that is equal to allowable expenditures and not more than the award amount.

Billing/ payment methods

Billing and payment schedules, as well as billing processes, vary. They are based on one of the following:

  • Monthly or quarterly invoicing for cost reimbursement: Invoices and payments are recorded in OFC.
  • Monthly or quarterly billing of anticipated expenses: Invoices and payments are recorded in OFC.
  • Billing per completion of specific tasks, milestones, or deliverables: Invoices and payments are recorded in OFC.
  • Billing for periodic payments as specified in the award documents: Invoices and payments are recorded in OFC.
  • Letter of credit billing or electronic request through SPF' automated cash management systems: Expenditures billed and payments received are recorded in various general ledger accounts.
  • Intercampus billing monthly or quarterly as specified by the prime campus: Invoices are recorded in the intercampus accounts receivable account. Payments are received via financial journals and recorded on the operating ledger in the appropriate financial control account (102xxx).
  • Automatic payment by check or wire transfer according to a predetermined payment rate and schedule specified in the award document: UCSD does generate an invoice in OFC.
Find answers, request services, or get help from our team at the UC San Diego Services & Support portal.  For industry-initiated clinical trials, contact Robin Kemball, School of Medicine, (858) 822-4657.