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No-cost extensions (NCE) requests are non-monetary requests to extend the time period to complete work on a project. NCEs are not for the purpose of spending down an unexpended balance on a grant award. NCEs are generally in the form of a letter or an electronic submission to the sponsor, co-signed by OSP and must be submitted in sufficient time to allow the request to reach the sponsor (but typically NOT initiated with a call or e-mail to the Grant Officer) no less than thirty (30) days prior to the expiration of the award. Some agencies, however, require the NCE 45, 60 or even 90 days prior to the expiration of the award. If you are not sure of the deadline, check the sponsor's guidelines or ask your Grant Officer for assistance. The NSF requires electronic submission of the NCE via their FASTLANE program. NIH requires electronic submission via ERACommons, and NOAA requires them thru NOAA Grantonline. It is expected that more agencies will require electronic submissions of NCEs in the future.


The No Cost Extension request must be completed in full and submitted to the Grant Officer.

the Grant Officer will work with the PI and sponsor to process and follow-up on the NCE notifications and request.