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Frequently-Asked Questions

How does the no-cost extension (budget extension) process work?

Approval is based on sponsoring agency guidelines and on the reasonableness of the justification for the use of the unspent account balance.

Upon approving a request, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) notifies the sponsor and authorizes Grant and Contract Accounting (GCA) to extend the budget.

If the no cost extension request cannot be approved under sponsor guidelines, the OSP Reviewer  will countersign the request and forward it to the agency for their review and approval.

If the agency approves the request, OSP will authorize GCA to extend the budget.

More Budget Extension Information.