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    NIH No Cost Extension Procedures

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    Definition from NIH Grants Policy StatementExtension of Final Budget Period of a Previously Approved Project Period without Additional NIH Funds. The grantee may extend the final budget period of the previously approved project period one time for a period of up to 12 months beyond the original expiration date shown in the NGA if:

    • no additional funds are required to be obligated by the NIH awarding office,
    • the project’s originally approved scope will not change, and
    • any one of the following applies:
      • Additional time beyond the established expiration date is required to ensure adequate completion of the originally approved project.
      • Continuity of NIH grant support is required while a competing continuation application is under review.
      • The extension is necessary to permit an orderly phase-out of a project that will not receive continued support.
    The fact that funds remain at the expiration of the grant is not, in itself, sufficient justification for an extension without additional funds.

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