Expanded authority is the waiver of prior approval requirements by the sponsoring agency. Allowed revisions are permitted only if necessary for project completion and are within the original scope of the project and within the total approved budget.  Requests are made using the Organizational Prior Approval System (OPAS) form.

Allowed changes:

  1. One time ONLY No-Cost Extension for up to one year.

  2. Line item budget reallocation (within original scope of work).  Does not apply to changes in fellowships, stipends, subcontracts, capital construction, F&A rates, scope of work, or change of PI.

  3. Line item budget reallocation (within original scope of work).  Does not apply to changes in fellowships, stipends, subcontracts, capital construction, F&A rates, scope of work, or change of PI.

Participating Agencies

Agency No Cost Extension Re-Budget 90 Day Pre-Award
NASA 45 days before expiration YES YES
NSF 45 days before expiration YES YES
USDA-CSREES

45 days before expiration

AND

5 year max award limit

YES YES
US DOW 45 days before expiration YES YES
USDI 45 days before expiration NO NO
EPA 45 days before expiration YES NO
NIH 45 days before expiration YES NO
NOAA 45 days before expiration YES YES
PHS 45 days before expiration YES YES
 

** Must be rec'd by Research account as above (in days)