The approval flow for an advance starts with approvals by the principal investigator, campus advance reviewers, and SFI reviewers (when needed). The advance is then reviewed and processed by Grant & Contract Accounting (GCA). Review: Advance Approval Process.
SAGE automatically routes the advance to the individuals and advance reviewer units included in the approval flow. The system sends email notifications of pending approvals to Advance Reviewers on campus. Review: Advance Reviewer Email Notifications.
Campus advance reviewers can access the advance from the link in their email notification or from the Approvals tab in SAGE. After reviewing, they can approve the request or return it to campus for modifications.
The Approvals section of the advance displays the units and individuals that will need to approve the advance. The section appears for all advance statuses and can be used to check the approval progress.
The principal investigator and advance reviewers can access their advances from SAGE Approvals. They can review and then approve or return the request from the Request Summary section.
The approval flow reads from top to bottom. Some approver cards are grouped, and can be approved in any order. When the advance has been submitted for routing, and reviewers are approving it, the card statuses and color will update to show the advance’s progress. When all of the approvals are done, and GCA has completed their steps, the Processed card will change color.
NOTE: If you view an advance in a status of Composing, Withdrawn, or Returned in SAGE, you will see the Review & Submit version of this page. Otherwise, you will see the Request Summary, described below.
Review & Submit
The Review & Submit page:
Displays a read-only summary of the information entered for each section, with a link to edit each section.
Allows you to delegate PI approval if needed, when in Composing status.
Allows you to Submit & Route your completed advance, when in Composing status.
Allow you to Resubmit & Route your advance, when in Withdrawn or Returned status.
While your advance is in Composing status, an alert will display at the top of the page to indicate any required data that is still missing. The following image shows an example of the alert message for incomplete sections.
Delegation of PI Approval
The last section of the page is Delegation of PI Approval. This should only be used in special circumstances.
Select the check box to delegate approval to the organization reviewer. The Approvals flow will
updates to remove the PI approval node and to add the PI delegate chip to the Organization Reviewer node.
Note: this section does not appear for renewal advances, since the PI does not need to approve them.
The following image shows this section.
The Submit & Route button at the bottom of the page is enabled once you have entered all required data, as shown below.
Selecting Submit & Route will start the routing and approval process for an advance in Composing status, and change its status to Routing. The system will re-validate all required fields, and check that the associated application does not have a child Funding Action (FA) with a status of In GCA or Re-sent by OSP. If there is an FA, you will see an alert stating that the advance cannot be submitted.
After submitting, the left navigation menu will display the Request Summary, rather than the individual advance sections.
This page displays for advances in a status of Routing, In GCA, or Processed.
The menu on the left will have a link for the Request Summary in place of the individual sections, as shown in the following image.
The page displays the details for each of the advance sections as view-only for review.
The Cost Sharing and Non-Fiscal Compliance sections of a new Advance request will display an “Updated” indicator to identify when the responses in the Advance have been altered from what was listed on the related eGC1. The following image shows an example of this indicator on a Non-Fiscal Compliance section.
Withdrawing and Resubmitting an Advance
While your advance is in Routing status, you can withdraw it to make updates if you have edit access, and are not also an approver. A Withdraw Request button will display at the bottom of the Request Summary page, as shown in the following image.
Selecting this button will move your advance to Withdrawn status and make it editable. It will also add an entry to the Comments & History section.
The approval flow will reflect the change in status. A node will indicate who withdrew the request with the date and will be labeled either Advance Preparer or Advance Editor, if you have a general collaborator “can edit” access role.
The final node will display Withdrawn, and any unapproved nodes will be marked as canceled. The following image shows an example of the approval flow for a withdrawn advance.
Once you have completed your changes, use the Resubmit & Route button on the Review & Submit page to move it back to Routing status. The following image shows this button.
Select this button to display the Resubmit & Route Request dialog. Once you enter comments, the Resubmit & Route button will be active. The dialog, with a comment, is shown in the following image.
Approving an Advance
If you are an approver for the advance, you can return or approve the request, using the buttons at the bottom of the Request Summary page. For details on approving an advance, review Approving Advances.
To request an extension of an existing Advance budget number:
You must have edit access to the existing advance, New or Renewal
The advance must have a status of Processed
The advance must be active, which is defined as any advance with a start date within the past 18 months
On your My Advance Requests tasklist, select the Processed status check box to filter your list. Those existing advances that can be extended will display an “Extend” link in the Options column at the far right. The following image shows a partial tasklist with the link appearing for one item.
Selecting the Extend link in the Options column opens an extension request. You will see a header section across the top of the page. This header remains visible regardless of what part of the advance you are viewing.
The following image shows an example advance header for an advance extension request that is in Composing status.
The header contains the following items, reading from left to right:
A blue arrow, pointing to the left, which is a link back to your Advances list.
The title “Advance Budget Extension Request” followed by the request’s unique reference number, in parentheses, with the prefix ADV. For example: ADV25111.
The number for the Associated Advance Request. Clicking on the advance number will open it in a new tab.
The Advance Budget number assigned from the associated advance.
Request Status, the current status of this item.
At the far right, a “more options” menu icon appears. The icon is three, blue vertical dots. The menu choices are:
Add Comment – displays entered text on the Comments & History page
Delete request – when the status is Composing, you can delete your request
The Navigation Menu is a list of links for navigating to the sections of your advance extension. When you select a section, its name will change to bold font and be highlighted with a light blue shading. The following image shows an example of a left navigation menu, with the Request Extension section highlighted. A new request opens to this section by default.
Request Extension Section
Use the this section to select an end date for your request and indicate the budget(s) you want extended.
An alert will display at the top of the page, which reads “Cost share set up in eFECS, if applicable, will be automatically extended by GCA when this request is approved.” The following image shows this alert.
The Select End Date area includes an end date input field, the sponsor name, and a reason for extension input field. Below the end date field, you will see a statement “You can extend through date” based on the maximum length of an extension, which is 18 months. You cannot enter a date that is prior to the associated advance end date. Both an end date and reason are required. You can enter up to 300 characters for the reason.
Once you have entered an end date, the system will calculate and display the Total Requested Duration, to the right of the date.
The following image shows this part of the section, before any data is entered.
The Select Budgets to Extend area lists the budget being extended. To the left of the first column is a check box. Select this to include that budget. By default, the Parent budget will be selected and cannot be unselected. Any sub-budgets listed must also be selected to be extended.
The following values display for each budget:
Org Receiving Funding
Type – parent budget or sub-budget
The following image shows an example of this area, with the Parent budget selected by default, and one of the two sub-budgets selected.
Once the required fields are completed, the Request Extension button will be enabled. Select it to route your extension for processing. The extension will become read-only with a status of In GCA.
GCA will process the request and send the notification. Please note that the Advance Budget Extension page does not require campus approvals, so it does not display an approval flow. Department reviewers for the financially responsible organization on the associated advance will be notified that an extension request has been submitted.
The Comments & History section displays entries for events in the advance request process. You can also add a comment at any time. The entries display in reverse chronological order, so the most recent one is first.
The following image shows an example of this page for a fully processed advance.
The table columns are:
Action Taken – the event that created the entry; described in the following table
Timestamp – the date and time of the event
Name – the user whose action triggered the event or who manually added a comment
Comment – the text of the comment, either system-generated or user-entered
Note: not all actions have comments. For those entries, a dash will appear in the Comment column.
When an advance is editable, you can manually add a comment by selecting the Add Comment button above the table, as shown in the following image.
A dialog will display. As you start entering your comment, the Add Comment button in the dialog will be enabled. Select it to save your comment. You can only delete your own manually added comments. Select the trash can icon to the right of the comment to remove it.
You can also add a comment from anywhere within the advance by selecting the “more actions” (3 stacked dots) icon at the far left of the header, and choosing Add Comment.
The system will add an entry for the events described in the following table. The “comment type” column indicates if there will be any comment text, and if so, whether it is system-generated or user-entered.
Clicking “Select” button next to eGC1
Submitted for routing
Clicking “Submit & Route” button on Review & Submit page
Resubmitted for routing
Clicking “Submit & Re-route” button on Review & Submit page after a return
User-entered and required
Delegated PI Approval
When PI node is approved
User-entered and required
Approved and certified
PI clicking “Approve & Certify” button in approval modal
Clicking “Approve” button on Request Summary page of routing advance
Clicking “Return Request” button in return modal of an advance
User-entered and required
Clicking “Withdraw” button
Added ad hoc approver
Clicking “Add ad hoc Approver” button in add approver modal
User-entered and optional
Removed ad hoc approver
Clicking “Remove Approver” button on the ad hoc approver’s workflow graph node
User-entered and optional
Clicking “Add Comment” button on the Comments & History page, or by selecting “Add Comment” from the “more actions” menu in the advance header
Displays a read-only view of the responses from related items.
This tab displays two expandable sections: Human Subjects and Animal Use. You can expand one section at a time by clicking on the blue caret to the left of the section name. Each section shows the questions and current responses from the associated application’s Non-Fiscal Compliance page.
When a section is expanded, there is a Close link at the lower left, and a Next or Previous Section link at the lower right for navigating between the two sections.
The Human Subjects section displays the current responses from the associated application for the HS-1 question, with HS-1A and HS-1B (if HS-1 was answered Yes), and the HS-2 question. You can add IRB Application Details, if known, which OSP will be able to view.
The Animal Use section displays the AU-1 question and current response. You can add protocol details, if known, which OSP will be able to view.
At the bottom of the page, below the Current Response sections, there is a check box and the statement “I have reviewed these responses and confirm they are accurate and up-to-date.” You must check the box to fully complete the Non-Fiscal Compliance section of the advance.
At the far right of each section is an Edit link. Select this link to update the responses. The section will become editable, displaying the current response. When you make a change, messages will appear at the bottom of the screen: first “Updating your responses – this might take a moment…”, then “Finished updating responses”.
When you change a response, a “Reason for change” text box will display. Use this to explain the changes you are making. In some cases, when you change a value from No to Yes, you will see additional questions that need to be answered. You may also be prompted to add IRB Application (Human Subjects) or Add Protocol (Animal Use).
When you first select the Edit link, the link changes to Done. Select Done to save any changes you have made and return to the read-only display. You can leave the section as editable, and select the Done link at another time. Your changes will need to be saved in order to complete the section.
Responses from older eGC1s & advances
The second tab for this section displays the responses from related items.
The associated eGC1 displays in an expandable section. Selecting the eGC1 number will open the application in a new tab/window. The text (Original Responses) follows the eGC1 number. Below the number is the text Item last edited with the date.
Use the blue caret to the left of the application number to expand/collapse the section. This will display five collapsed sub-sections, one for each of the eGC1 Non-Fiscal Compliance question sets:
Environmental Health & Safety
Equipment & Materials
Data & Technology
You can expand each section to see a read-only view of the responses.
Note: For a renewal advance request, the most recently updated award compliance responses will display.
The following image shows the application section expanded, displaying the compliance sub-sections.
Select the blue caret to the left of the File Name to see version information. The entry indicates this is Version 1, followed by the filename and attached date/time. Below that is a text field where you can enter an optional Version Comment, up to 255 characters. The following image shows the expanded view.
When your advance is in either Withdrawn or Returned status, you can update any attached files. In the table of attachments, the icon at the far right is a 3-dot more actions menu, in place of the trash can. The menu options are:
Replace file with newer version
The following image shows the menu choices.
To replace a file, select that option from the menu. A dialog will display, as shown below, where you can upload the newer version of your file.
Once you have added the newer version, you can expand the row and add a comment for the revised file. The expanded view will show all versions of the attachment, with the most recently added version at the top. The following image shows an example.
When your advance is in Composing status, the icon at the far right of an attachment row is a trash can. Hovering your mouse over the icon displays the text “Delete file”. Select the icon to open the confirmation dialog.
When your advance is in Withdrawn or Returned status, a 3-dot more actions menu displays with an option of “Delete attachment” which opens the confirmation dialog.
In the dialog, shown below, select Cancel or the blue X to close it and retain the attachment, or select Delete File to remove the attachment.
Note: When you have an attachment with more than one version, choosing to delete will remove all versions.
A Principal Investigator (PI) or Research Administrator (RA) can request authorization to spend in advance of the receipt of an award or setup of an award in UW systems. The sponsor must allow pre-award funding and the department must guarantee these expenditures if an award does not come through. The UW authorizes advance spending through the assignment of an advance budget number.
The General Information section contains basic information about your request. All of these data fields are required.
Advance Budget Start Date
The start date for the advance.
Advance Budget End Date
The end date for the advance. The system will add a default date that is one year after the start date. You can edit the value.
Cumulative duration, system calculated
Reason for Request
Explain the reason for this advance request. You can enter up to 300 characters.
Organization Code Receiving Funding on Advance
Defaults to the Org Receiving Funding of the associated application. You can edit the value.
Organization Guarantee Budget Number
Enter the department’s six digit budget number.
Select the location from the drop-down menu. Choices are:
South Lake Union Campus
Wa Natl Primate Research Center (WaNPRC)
VA Med Ctr
If you have a budget connected to your application, then the default value will be the Primary Worksheet’s Activity Location.
Parent Budget F&A Rate
Defaults to the Facilities & Administrative rate on the application’s Budget & Fiscal Compliance page, as follows:
If the value is not “Multiple”, then the value is the rate from the page
If the value is “Multiple” and there is a linked budget, the default value is the budget’s Primary worksheet’s F&A rate
Otherwise, no default value displays
Parent Budget F&A Base Type
Select the base type from the drop-down menu. Choices are:
Salary & Wages (S&W)
Total Direct Costs (TDC)
Modified Total Direct Costs (MTDC)
Total Direct Costs less Equipment & Tuition (TDC less E&T)
If you have a budget connected to your application, then the default value will be the Primary Worksheet’s Activity Location.
Custom F&A Base Type Details
This field only displays when you select Custom for the Parent Budget F&A Base Type. You can enter up to 300 characters in the field. This is required when using a custom base type. You should provide details on which costs are excluded from F&A.
The following image shows this section, with data from the associated application. Use the Next Section button at the bottom, right of the page to navigate within your advance.
The Cost Share section displays, by default, the F-3 question and current response from the associated application’s Budget & Fiscal Compliance page or the most recent response from a processed advance for the same associated application.
The following image shows this default view.
If the response to F-3 is “Yes”, a cost share addendum attachment is required.
Note: Renewal advances require a response to an additional question if F-3 is “Yes”: “Will there be any changes to cost share during the next budget period?” Review current cost share setup in the eFECS Cost Share Summary (ASTRA access required.)
If the response is “Yes” to changes, an updated cost share addendum attachment will be required. If the response is “No” to changes, the original cost share addendum attachment is required.
Select the Edit link to update the response. The link will change to a Done link, which when selected, will save any changes and return you to a read-only display of the data.
If you change the response from No to Yes, a Reason for change text box will display and you will need to upload an up-to-date cost share addendum, as shown in the following image.
The “Responses from older eGC1s & Advances” tab lists the associated application followed by the text “(Original Responses)”. The date the item was last edited displays on the next line. Selecting the application number will open it in a new tab.
Use the caret to the left of the application number to expand the section and see the question and response from the application.