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Department Operations

UNH uses a Responsibility Center Management (RCM) model to serve as a decentralized budgeting system, with each unit responsible for its own cost center.  Under this model, preparing a financial budget is critical to the overall financial planning and prioritization of resources for the College.  Developing a quality budget requires spending time thinking about the department goals and aligning financial resources to meet those goals.  Throughout the year the BSC provides updates on plan vs actual expenses to measure progress and identify adjustments.  Contact your BSC rep with questions about this process.


Developing a budget is an important part of the proposal process, and your budget must conform to established federal, UNH, and other sponsor requirements.  Your Grant Contract Administrator (GCA) can assist you with budget development.  Refer to the Sponsored Program Administration (SPA) site for resources on developing a budget.

During the post-award process, your BSC rep will provide monthly updates on expenditures and remaining funds available.  We will coordinate with SPA to determine re-budgeting needs based on the variance from the original budget.

Each PI and any employee who receives pay from a sponsored program must complete the very brief effort certification training module.  Students and non-permanent employees who receive a one-time payment from a sponsored program are exempt from this requirement.

Each UNH employee with pay charged to a sponsored program must certify his or her effort.

Faculty members must certify for their graduate assistants.  When an individual certifies for someone else, he or she must have "suitable means of verification" regarding how the employee spent their time.

Annual certifications must be submitted to Sponsored Programs Administration by September 30th of each year.