Early Termination and Relinquishment
Early termination is shortening the life of the project prior to completion. Some reasons might include:
- Sponsor and/or Principal Investigator (PI) decide to end project earlier than planned.
- PI is leaving the University.
- Programmatic or financial reasons to end a project earlier than planned.
- Receipt of a competing renewal that overlaps a previous competing segment.
Early terminations may also involve a deobligation or revision to the award amount.
Relinquishments and award transfers mean returning funds back to the sponsor and giving up the UW’s right to the funding. If another entity will be taking over the award, the sponsor re-issues the award as a new award to that entity. It is not a transfer directly from UW to the new entity.
Even if the end date is shortened, closeout requirements still apply per the terms and conditions of the award. Make sure to get all closeout documentation from the PI before they leave the UW.
- To start a relinquishment or early termination, submit the End of Award request form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit your request three months before the current award end date to comply with sponsor requirements.
- Review guidance on NIH Relinquishment requests below.
- If the sponsor initiates the early termination and you received an amendment to your award, submit the End of Award request form and the amendment to email@example.com.
Active subawards? Submit a modification request in SAGE to terminate subawards.
Transferring animals with the transfer of an award? Contact OAW
Indicate the estimated, unexpended balance of the award being returned to NIH on the NIH relinquishment request form. Estimates should be comprehensive and include all outstanding obligations. The amount indicated will be deobligated and returned to NIH.
Contact GCA Help via GrantTracker for more information or for help completing the form before submitting to Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).
Send completed NIH relinquishment form to firstname.lastname@example.org. OSP will submit the request to NIH in eRA Commons.