Will agencies consider longer no cost time extensions if needed to finish a project after disruption?

Researchers should document the actual impact of COVID-19 on the progress of their grants to provide details for any future no-cost time extension request. For most federal research grants, Duke has the authority to grant a first no-cost time extension up to 12 months in duration.

Our federal sponsors have released the following guidance related to No Cost Extensions:

  • NIH: Considering on a case-by-case basis, as NIH has provided flexibility for projects to extend their final budget period by up to 12 months. Additionally, NIH will allow projects to receive a second No Cost Extension if related to COVID-19 issues.
  • NSF: Projects are instructed to follow standard procedures for No Cost Extensions.
  • DOD: No Cost Extensions must be supported in all possible cases. However, projects should keep in mind that funding expiration statutes may prohibit extensions. Contact the grants manager for award-specific guidance.