No-Cost Extensions are administered by the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG))

A No-Cost Extension (NCE) extends the project period beyond the original project end date. As the phrase “no cost” suggests, there is no additional funding.

A no-cost extension may be requested by the PI when all three of the following conditions are met:

  • The end of the project period is approaching, AND
  • There is a programmatic need to continue the research or services, AND
  • There are sufficient funds remaining to cover the extended effort

You must have a scientific, project-related reason to extend your project end date. Extensions may not be obtained for the sole purpose of spending remaining funds. Please know that extension requests are not guaranteed approval.

At minimum, requests should be made to OCG 30 days in advance of the current end date, or earlier if the award terms require - please plan accordingly. Effective October 1, 2018 all No Cost Extension requests must be submitted using the online NCE forms. Requests will also automatically be forwarded to CCO to be considered for an applicable At Risk Extension in PeopleSoft until the sponsor’s approval is received by OCG.

If you are ready to request a NCE for your project, please click the link below for the sponsor or activity type of your project. Choose “Other” if your sponsor is not listed and the project is research. Sponsor specific forms conform to the submission requirements of these sponsors.  Choose "Service Project" if the NCE is for an identified service project. If the information provided does not follow these requirements, OCG will be unable to submit the request in the sponsor’s online portal.

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