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No-Cost Extensions

No-cost extensions are requests for additional time to complete the award, but without a request for any additional funding; the project’s originally approved scope will not change.

A no-cost extension might be needed to:

  • Ensure adequate completion of the originally approved project
  • Provide support while a competing continuation application is under review
  • Permit an orderly phase out of a project that will not receive continued support
  • Finalize the analysis of the data

The fact that funds remain at the expiration of the award is not, in itself, sufficient justification for an extension

The Authorized Institutional Official has the authority to grant a first no-cost extension for federal awards in accordance with expanded authorities. The principal investigator should send a request to Research Services at least 15 days prior to the project’s expiration.

The Authorized Institutional Official notifies the federal agency that a no-cost extension has been granted, and Research Services updates the appropriate PeopleSoft database.

A second no-cost extension requires prior approval from the sponsor.

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