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Business Office - General Financial Information

General financial information for SoHE.

Funding Strings

All funding sources at the University of Wisconsin are identified with a series of numeric codes and are often referred to according to those codes. The series of numbers associated with the funding “string” which will be needed for any expenditure, hire, or other use associated with the funding.

Funding Strings – How they’re structured:

School (Unit/Div)
 XXX  A27  XXXX  X

101 - Departmental/SoHE funds

133 - Non-federal grants

135 - Graduate School Funding (New Faculty, Vilas, Fall Competition)

144 - Federal grants

233 - Gift funds

SoHE is 27 (always associated with a Departmental Code below as well – so, for example, “279960” is the number used for the combined School/Department number for CFS)

1300 - Dean

1400 - Business Office

1500 - IT

1600 - SAA

1700 - Research

1800 - Advancement

1900 - CAPS

2100 - CS

3100 - DS

5100 - CSCS

6100 - HDFS

9920 - CCFW

9930 - CRE

9940 - CommNS

9960 - CFS

Numbers (used at SoHE):

2 - Instruction

4 - Research

5 - Outreach

6 - Administration

 Project: Specific to project (these numbers are automatically assigned upon set up of funding string through central campus system).


WISER (replaced WISDM) is the new web-based reporting system. Data in WISER comes from the Shared Financial System (SFS), and the Human Resource System (HRS). This system contains transaction as well as demographic data on projects and grants and allows exporting of data into multiple formats for review and analysis. You may use your Net ID to log into WISER and view the status of your accounts.

If you need access to WISER, please submit the WISER Access Form to Tammy O’Brien


In an effort to streamline administrative processes, we have collected the financial information we believe best answers the most common questions we receive. This handy reference guide is yours to bring with you on your travels or to keep in your office — wherever you most need it. 

Please note that while this guide highlights the most common financial guidance requested, it does not contain all of the University’s detailed policies, which can be found on the Division of Business Services website.

As always, the Business Office is available to answer any and all of your questions; in fact, questions are encouraged. We would prefer to process transactions right the first time rather than try to clean up problems after-the-fact. The potential consequences of the DIY-method may mean incomplete reimbursement.

Keywordsfund, school, department, program, project, funding string, wiser, financial guide   Doc ID104086
OwnerAngela O.GroupSchool of Human Ecology
Created2020-07-16 15:06:32Updated2023-12-04 09:21:53
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