Interest Income and Quarterly Interest Allocations

Effective Date:

October 14, 2016




Debbie O'Connor

Basis for Procedure

This document provides information on interest earned on surplus funds in sponsored program accounts and describes the process for allocation and distribution of the interest.

Procedure Summary

When an award is established in the Research Foundation Oracle business system the "Income Interest" field is used to indicate whether the sponsor requires that interest earned on surplus funds be returned to the sponsor or is allowed to be spent on the project, and if required, how the payment is processed.

Procedure for Identifying Awards Requiring Interest Postings

Quarterly Central Office will run a query to determine awards to have interest posted to them, based on the Interest Income field. The interest amount to be posted will be calculated using month end surplus balances and the appropriate rate of return. The following table identifies sponsor requirements and related interest income field values, which define how the interest should be distributed:


Role or Responsibility


Decrease Future Billing

Quarterly Distribution to Account

Returned to sponsor

Quarterly Payment to Sponsor

Annual Payment - Account Specific

Payment at Term - Account Specific

Federally Sponsored - Annual Bulk Payment

Campus Interest Allocation

An "Interest Award" for each campus location has been established by Central Office to apply the quarterly interest to be returned to sponsors or used to fund future expenditures on sponsored awards. Central Office will post the interest earned to campus Interest Awards as follows:


Role or Responsibility

References or Tips

Notify campuses of the awards that earned interest and the amount.

Central Office


Process one payment to be applied to multiple invoices

Central Office


On each campus’ interest award, create, approve, and release AR invoice for cash (interest earned) to be applied.

Central Office

Note: Binghamton is the only Decentralized campus that does this step for their location.

Apply cash to interest awards for all locations.

Central Office


Fund and budget the interest award appropriately.

Operating Location/Central Office


Campus locations must notify Central Office of any incorrect interest allocation. Funds will be reduced from the next quarter's interest payment.

Distribution of Interest Income

Federally Sponsored - Annual Bulk Payments

For interest earned on awards with an Interest Income field equal to "Federally Sponsored - Annual Bulk Payment," central office processes the payment once a year based on month end surplus balances (July - June).

All Others

For awards that require that interest earned be returned to the sponsor, the campus must process the necessary payments to the sponsors.

If the interest income requirement is that interest earned should be spent, the campus can either fund the sponsored project from the interest award or credit the sponsored program award by processing a zero clearing invoice in the AP module using the GNS Interest Sponsor expenditure type. Refer to the work instruction Enter an Invoice.

Note: The indirect cost customization applies to interest awards, therefore, if you choose to fund the sponsored project from the interest award, the indirect cost rate at the task level must be entered in the Override Rate field in the Oracle Grants Module. For more information refer to work instructions Indirect (F&A) Cost Controls and Change Award Information.



Related Information




Change History


Summary of Change

October 14, 2016

Revised to update format and minor changes to wording for clarity.

February 19, 2004

Revised to update process for posting the interest earned to campus Interest Awards (Campus Interest Allocations section).

June 27, 2003

New Document



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