Quarterly Review & Certification

University policy RPH 3.2: Management of Project Expenditures requires that each sponsored project and cost sharing accounts receive:

eCertification records and tracks the results of Stanford's quarterly process of  review & certification of all sponsored project and cost sharing expenses.

In eCertification, individuals who are assigned the overseer role at the department or division level are expected to monitor both the research administrator's review progress, and PI's review and certification progress.

RMG’s Research Financial Compliance Managers (RFCM) serve as School Overseers and work with their assigned departments as needed to ensure timely certification of sponsored project expenditures.

How-to

At the Beginning of Each Certification Quarter

The DFA or designee (e.g., Research Administrator, Task Manager) ensures all of the sponsored PTAs within his/her department/division are properly assigned in the eCertification System. This can be accomplished through the overseer role.


How to Make Changes to Account Updates/Authorization

PIs

Contact your DFA if accounts for your project aren’t properly assigned.

Research Admin / Task Managers

  • Use the overseer role to assign/edit PTAs in your department/division
  • If you need to have the overseer role assigned to you, contact an RFCM
  • If you have difficulty assigning/editing accounts, contact an RFCM
  • If you are also a task manager, and can’t assign/edit accounts for this reason, ask an RFCM for help

Deadlines for Certification

The deadline for the PI certification is approximately 75 days after the end of the academic quarter being certified.


Certification Process

Both the Research Administrator’s Review and the PI’s Quarterly Certification is tracked through the eCertification System.

  1. Each month, the Research Administrator (or Task Manager) reviews the rates of expenditures with the PI
  2. The Research Administrator/Task Manager completes and documents their review of project expenditures in the eCertification system
  3. At the end of the quarter, the PI (Task Owner) reviews the account details screen in eCertification for each sponsored project and costs sharing account
    1. What to look for: reasonableness of all expenses, including salaries, charged to the project
  4. The PI requests clarification or corrections, if required
  5. Research administrators/task managers make expenditure corrections—refer to RPH 15.8 Cost Transfer Policy for Sponsored Projects
  6. The PI certifies in a timely manner
  7. Research administrators ensures PI completes certification is complete
  8. RFCMs review all accounts to insure completion of review
  9. RFCMs report completion to SoM leadership

Sabbaticals

For faculty on sabbatical, leave or have left the university, refer to eCertification System: Leave/Sabbatical FAQS.

A full listing of roles and responsibilities for the quarterly certification is on the DoResearch Website.

PI

The PI (Task Owner) reviews the account details screen in eCertification for each sponsored project and costs sharing account quarterly.

For more information, see the eCertification PI briefing.

Department/ Division

The Research Administrator (or Task Manager)

  • reviews the rates of expenditures with the PI
  • ensures PI completes certification of all expenses, including salaries, charged to the project on a quarterly basis

Department Overseers update task manager assignments:

  • via PTA Manager for Quarter-To-Date review
  • via eCertification “Temp Task Manager Reassignment” Tab for the current Certification Quarter.
     

For more information, see the eCertification briefings for:

RMG

The RFCMs act as the School of Medicine Overseers. They:

  • Grant departmental overseer responsibility
  • Help departmental overseers troubleshoot problems (including system issues)
  • Review completion status and report to management

Resources

Stanford Internal Resources

Internal Forms/Templates

In the rare instances a PI needs to manually complete a paper certification you can from within the eCert application access a streamlined PDF quarterly report that contains the certification language. To access the eCertification PDF report navigate to the relative Account Details page(s) within the eCert application and click on the "View PDF” link at the bottom of the page. The PDF will open on a new tab for review and/or printing. Note: Manual (paper) certification is only allowed with explicit prior approval from the eCertification team. See Leave/Sabbatical FAQS.

Training

All Research Administrators (Task Managers) should complete:

Recommended Electives for Cardinal Curriculum Level II: