TUC Sponsored Programs

Who is Responsible?

The administration of sponsored programs at California State University, Northridge is organized according to the 'Parallel Structure Model'.

Pre-Award and selected post award issues (such as no cost-extensions) are handled by the Pre-Award office.

Post-Award issues are handled on the auxiliary side by The University Corporation (TUC). The following parties are involved with the post-award administration of sponsored programs:

  • Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Pre-Award office, CSUN
  • Post-Award office, The University Corporation (TUC)
  • Dean's Offices of the Colleges

The segregation of duties and responsibilities are as follows:


1. Principal Investigator (PI)

Pre- and Post-Award Activities

  • General management of the grant
  • Execution of the project
  • Submittal of technical / progress reports
  • Ensuring cost matching
  • Submittal of cost matching reports


2. Research of Sponsored Programs, Pre-Award Office

Pre-Award Activities

  • Assistance w/ identification of funding sources
  • Assistance w/ development of project budget
  • Assistance w/ development of proposal
  • Proposal Submission
  • Negotiation with grantor

Post-Award Activities

  • Award notification
  • No-cost extensions
  • Liaison between university and grantor regarding amendments in existing awards 
  • Compliance animal/human subjects
  • Research misconduct


3. The University Corporation (TUC)

Post-Award Activities

Project Accounting /Compliance

  • Approval of project related hiring
  • Approval & processing of project related expenditures (Purchase Orders, Check Requests, Timesheets, Salary Payment Authorizations, Faculty Release Time Reimbursement, Indenpendent Contractor)
  • Budget revision
  • Project accounting / budget monitoring
  • Ensuring compliance with finance related grant regulations
  • Maintaining financial records
  • Invoicing the grantor / Processing of receipts
  • Preparation and submittal of financial reports to grantor
  • Distribution of financial reports to Principal Investigators & Managers of Academic Resources
  • A-133 Single Audit / Special Audits
  • Subrecipient Monitoring (A-133 Audit Reports)
  • Effort Reporting
  • Asset Management
  • Obtaining necessary insurance coverage


  • Payroll Processing
  • Vacation/absence time monitoring

Human Resources

  • Hiring, change of status and termination of project staff 
  • Benefits (Health, Dental, Retirement, Insurances)


4. Dean's Office

Pre- and Post-Award Activities

  • General assistance
  • Cost matching assistance
  • Processing faculty release time