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A no-cost extension (NCE) is a formal extension of the grant termination date without requesting additional funds. Each funding agency may have its own procedure for granting an NCE.

To request an NCE for a grant, contact the Preaward team. Preaward will review the funding agency’s grant requirements and provide guidance for requesting the NCE. NCE's can be processed no earlier than 90 days prior to the termination and no later than 10 days prior to the termination date.

For a federal award under the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) or Expanded Authorities (EA), the first 12-month NCE can be approved by the University through the Preaward team.


To request an NCE in this situation, simply email Preaward with the following information:

The Preaward team will notify the federal funding agency of local approval by the University.

For all other awards, including other federal awards not under FDP or EA, please email the Preaward team so that guidance can be provided for following the agency’s specific process to obtain an NCE.

As an institution under Expanded Authorities we are allowed to approve internally one no-cost extension.


The request for a no-cost extension should be for one of the following reasons, please us know which reason applies to your circumstances:

Please confirm the amount of additional time you are requesting (maximum of 12 months).


Additionally, please confirm the extension is not:

Further, please confirm the extension does not involve any change in the approved objectives or scope of the project.


What is needed for a second NCE with the Federal Government

Address the "No Cost Extension" letter to the NIH Grants Manager on your departmental letterhead with the PI signature and send to Preaward with below information: