A sub budget sets aside a portion of the funding from a grant, contract or gift budget into a separate UW budget number. This is distinct from a subcontract, in which part of a grant or contract awarded to UW is issued to another institution. Sub budgets remain a part of the same award as their parent and are almost always reported and/or invoiced cumulatively with the parent budget.

Why Sub Budgets?

Sub budgets are sometimes required, e.g. when a portion of an award’s funding is restricted for a specific purpose or an award has more than one indirect cost rate. In other cases a department may choose to request a sub budget, e.g. to allocate funds to a co-PI or another UW department involved in the research or to set apart funding for different projects within an award.

Note that GCA does NOT establish sub budgets for discretionary or fixed price surplus budgets. If a department wishes to monitor funds within such budgets, we recommend the use of Project Cost Accounting (PCA) codes.

Awards with Multiple F&A Rates

For awards that qualify for multiple F&A rates, GCA will establish a separate budget number for each F&A rate. The budget with the largest amount of funds is the partent budget unless the Department specifically directs GCA to set up a different budget as the partent budget. The departement(s) responsible for the award should ensure all costs are appropriately charged to the correct budget.

Establishing a New Sub Budget

Sub budgets are set up or changed via a Transactions/Parent/Sub (Transpasu) form. The Transpasu for new grant and contract sub budgets is now available in an online tool—simply go to your parent budget’s Budget Information page in GrantTracker and click on the “Add New Sub Budget” link near the top left of the page. This automated form is intended to simplify the process and prevent common errors, such as incorrect indirect cost calculations or transferring more funds than the parent has available in a particular account code.  The tool allows for electronic approvals by the authorized signatories. Once all approvals are obtained, the form is automatically uploaded to GrantTracker under the Transpasu topic for review and processing.

For new gift sub budgets, please continue to use the downloadable Transpasu form available in the section below. Note that a new gift sub budget may require additional approval from University Advancement or the Treasury Office for an endowed fund.

Changes to Existing Sub Budgets

While we hope to make the online Transpasu tool available for sub budget changes as well as new sub budget setup in the future, for now you will need to download a Transpasu form to make any of the following changes:

  • Supplement an existing sub budget with existing funds from the parent budget.

  • Change the PI on a sub budget.

  • Move funds from the sub budget to the parent while leaving the sub budget open. (If you wish to close a sub budget and return its remaining balance to the parent, no Transpasu is necessary. Instead, send a closing request via GrantTracker.)

When you have completed the form and obtained the necessary signatures, please scan the form and submit via GrantTracker.

No Transpasu is necessary to extend a sub budget—you may do so via GrantTracker request.

Note that funds cannot be transferred directly between sub budgets, as any transfer must have a one to one parent and sub relationship. Two Transpasu forms—one to move funds from the first sub into the parent and the second to move those funds from the parent into the second sub—are required.