No Cost Extensions

You must provide a justification for the extension, which cannot be granted simply to spend out remaining dollars.

  • No cost extensions lengthen the period of performance beyond the original expiration date in order to finish a project.
  • These extensions are without additional award amounts.
  • Most federal agencies allow the institution to add up to one year to the final year of a research grant (not contract), so long as there is timely notification to the sponsor.
  • You must provide a justification for the extension, which cannot be granted simply to spend out remaining dollars.
  • Plan ahead if a no cost extension will be needed! Sponsors often require prior approval or have deadlines for requesting no cost extensions.
  • Contact your contact person in Special Funds Accounting as soon as you anticipate the need for an extension.


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