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Pre-Posting Allocation Tool (PAT) - Getting Help

Use of the Pre-Posting Allocation Tool (PAT) is supported by the DoIT Help Desk. However, some questions relating to funding strings are better answered by other groups on campus. This document explains whom you should contact for help.

I need information about getting started with the Pre-Posting Allocation Tool

For new users, there is considerable information about the Pre-Posting Allocation Tool available at This information includes a quick start guide for using PAT, detailed directions for using the system, and a list of frequently asked questions.

I am receiving an error message while using the Pre-Posting Allocation Tool

Many of the more common error messages encountered in the Pre-Posting Allocation Tool are documented. Please see:

General Error Messages

Funding and edit check error messages

If you continue to have issues, please contact the DoIT Help Desk.

Questions about project or grant funding/accounting

  • "I know this project is valid, why won't PAT accept it?"
  • I've used this grant funding in PAT before. Why won't PAT let me enter it now?

For these issues, on the UW-Madison campus, please contact your Dean or Director's Office or the Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) main desk at 608-262-3822. For other UW-System institutions, contact your Dean or Director's Office.

Questions about non-project or non-grant funding/accounting

  • I know this funding string is valid, why won't PAT accept it?
  • I've used this funding string in PAT before. Why won't PAT let me enter it now?

Please contact your Dean's Office or Division Office for information about the correct funding. For UW-Madison campus users only, you may also contact Accounting Services - Veronica Olson at 262-9460 or or Al Wang at 262-8729 or for general issues with non-grant and non-project funding including funding coding, funding strings, funding distribution, coding, distribution, budget strings, budget coding, budget distribution, account codes, account coding, class codes, fund, program, activity, Department ID, UDDS, Program, Activity.

Other issues not addressed above

Review all of the Pre-Posting Allocation Tool documents in the Knowledge Base.

If your question is not answered above or if you are uncertain whom you should contact, please contact the DoIT Help Desk.

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OwnerDan P.GroupDoIT Help Desk
Created2009-06-25 19:00:00Updated2023-03-21 16:51:17
SitesDoIT Help Desk, DoIT Staff
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