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To: University Business Managers
MOU Financial Leads
HR Officers and Secondary Contacts
Research Administrators

From: Brian Simet, Director of Payroll Services

Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, users of ePAR forms will notice changes to the funding grid. These changes are being made to reduce errors in the distribution of payroll expenses to appropriate accounts and to reduce the amount of data entry needed. This change also will make it possible to enter funding information on the funding grid for ePAR forms either as percentages or to continue entering funding using dollar amounts.

In the following cases, entering by dollar amount is still the preferred method:

  • Faculty and staff who have supplements or stipends that equal a specific dollar amount, (for example, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) stipends).
  • Anyone who has a funding row assigned an RNF earning code (used for post-doc trainees who are exempt from FICA).
  • For individuals whose salary is over the NIH salary cap.

This change to the funding grid on ePAR forms will be effective in ConnectCarolina HR/Payroll on the evening of Friday, Oct. 2. Extensive testing has been done to ensure that the improved funding grid will work as planned.

This document is a description of the changes to the funding grid. In addition, a webinar is planned for Friday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. to highlight the modifications mentioned above and offer the opportunity for questions. To join the webinar, click this link:

JOIN Funding Grid Changes Webinar

For additional instructions on how to join a webinar, see the information at the bottom of this email.

To find other recent communications, view the Finance and Accounting News archives here:

Joining Webinars

Note: You need to have Java to join a Webinar. If you don’t have Java, you will be prompted to install the Java application after clicking on the Webinar link. Please check that you have Java, or have permission to install it, in advance of any Webinar.

For live webinars, we strongly suggest accessing the link and signing in 10 minutes before the event starts so you can work through any technical difficulties.

Audio for the webinar is available through the computer, not phone. To access audio, view the webinar at a computer with speakers or headphones.


If you have problems connecting to the webinar, it may be due to one of two issues with Java settings. One is your default program settings – covered in this article:

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