Expenses reporting

With EMDESK, you can track and report expenses that have occurred occurred by participants on work items. You can find the expense tracking in Expenses in the "Resources" section. All records are organised in the table view with the options to filter, search, or export.

Note: To report, edit and remove expenses, you must have Manage access rights to the "Resources" section. In addition, you must have at least Read access rights to the activities and participant to which the expenses are linked to. For example, to see and report expenses occurred on WP2 and WP3 for organisation A, you need Manage access to the "Resource" section and at least Read access to organisation A and activity WP2 and WP3 (see "Roles, access levels, and access rights"). Users with an Admin or a Manager right level can manage expenses linked to all activities and participants.
Tip: If you have already tracked your project expenses outside the EMDESK app, you can import your expenses records into your EMDESK workspace.

Follow the instructions below on how to report expenses.


Click Resources in Home menu, this will open the "Resources" section.


Click the "Expenses" tab and then click + Report Expense at the bottom.


This will open the new expense sidebar, where you can report the expense:

  • Cost: Enter the amount of spent money.
  • Date: Set the date or a period of time (cost are distributed evenly along the period) when the costs were spent.
  • Tip: If you have already created reporting periods, you can choose one of the reporting periods. Click  Set period instead date, then Select reporting period instead, and choose the relevant reporting period:

  • Activity: Select the activity for which the costs were spent.
  • Participant: Select the participant where the costs were incurred.
  • Cost Category: Select the right cost category.

    Note: Cost categories can be customized and configured under Settings Customization. There are 2 types of cost categories: fix amounts ( Fix) and rate-based amounts ( Rate) costs. Rate-based are e.g. personnel costs and depend on the quantity and rate, whereas the fixed amounts costs are fix costs for good or services. 
  • Indirect Cost Rate: Once both, cost category and participant are selected, the indirect cost rate is auto-selected. Indirect cost rate depends on the selected cost category and participant. 
  • Note: To edit indirect cost rate, you must have at least edit access right to the participant you are reporting about and adjust the cost rate in its financial profile (see "Roles, access levels, and access rights").
  • Description: Enter a short description regarding the costs.
  • Not eligible: Switch on the toggle, when the costs are not eligible for funding.
  • No overheads: Switch on the toggle, when the indirect cost rate shall not be applied.
  • Tags (optional): Classify and label the costs with tags (see "Using tags").

Click Save Expense to create and report the new expense. The new expense appears in the "Resources" table view linked to activity and participant.

Note: Activity, participant and cost category must be defined for each expense, otherwise the expense is considered as unassigned. Unassigned entries are listed in a separated table at Resources > Expenses and are not accounted in the expenses.
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