Office of Sponsored Programs
The Ohio State University

Project Overexpenditures

One of a principal investigator’s responsibilities is to monitor project expenditures and commitments to ensure that they do not exceed the project budget. To support this activity, the Office of Sponsored Programs provides current project financial data as well as month-end financial statements through the PI Portal.

While a principal investigator may designate other persons as “authorized signers” for the project, he or she retains responsibility for ensuring that the project is conducted within the authorized budget. If a project ends with an overexpenditure, the Office of Sponsored Programs transfers the direct cost portion of the overexpenditure to the principal investigator’s department, pursuant to the university policy document entitled Responsibility for Unrecoverable Costs Resulting From Sponsored Agreements.