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Business and Financial Policies and Procedures

Close a Sponsored Project

Policy Statement

The University of Illinois has a responsibility to close out completed sponsored projects in compliance with federal regulations, sponsor policy, and award terms and conditions. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200.344 Closeout) requires that final financial, performance, and other reports be submitted no later than 120 calendar days after the project end date. It is the University’s policy that all required closeout deliverables be submitted to the sponsor within this stated timeframe. In the event that sponsor policy or specific award terms and conditions prescribe otherwise, such policy or terms and conditions shall prevail.

Before you Begin

Sponsored project closeout is the shared responsibility of principal investigator (PI), unit business office or department administrator, and central offices. Collectively, they are responsible for the closeout of expired awards no later than 120 days after the project end date.

As the administrator of your sponsored project, be mindful of its end date and terms and conditions, and accordingly take the necessary actions leading to a timely closeout.


To close a sponsored project, the Principal Investigator (PI) and the Unit Business Office are expected to take actions before and after project end date, as outlined in this procedure.


What to do BEFORE Project End Date
Approximately 90 days before the expiration of a sponsored project, your university sponsored programs post-award office, sends you (unit business office) a monthly report of your projects that will end in 90 days. Between that time and expiration date, the Principal Investigator (PI) and Unit Business Office are expected to do the following:

  • Inform sponsored programs post-award office immediately if you have information about a continuation or extension of any expiring projects. This will stop the closeout process.
    • Process extension requests as required per sponsor guidelines, or 90 days prior to project end date.
    • Request an anticipation grant/fund or use of an expired or overspent grant/fund (GC70: Request to Establish an Anticipation Grant/Fund - Request to Use Expired or Overdrafted Grant/Fund), if applicable.
  • Review accounting statements to date and ensure that all expenses charged to the award thus far are allowable, per the Uniform Guidance and the terms of the award.
  • Determine whether the project will end up with an unobligated (or unexpended) balance, and be aware of the award terms regarding treatment of such a balance: Can the unobligated balance be automatically carried forward? Or must it be returned to the sponsor? (Consult your university sponsored programs post-award office contact, if you need assistance.)
  • Review status of subrecipient invoicing to date as to accuracy and timeliness.
  • Notify service centers with recurring billings (e.g. animal charges, printing, etc.) of the sponsored project expiration date and provide a new C-FOAP, if applicable.
  • Ensure that all project costs, except incidental costs related to the creation of the final report (for example, photocopying or binding) are incurred or obligated by the project end date. For information about cost transfers, consult Process Current Cost Transfers for Sponsored Projects or Process Non-Current Cost Transfers for Sponsored Projects.
  • Promptly remove cost overruns (overdrafts) if no additional funding is expected from the sponsor.
  • Notify your university sponsored programs post-award office of issues with the sponsoring agency that would prevent collection of any outstanding accounts receivable.


What to do AFTER Project End Date

The closeout process starts with the project end date. Within the next 45 to 60 days, the Principal Investigator (PI) and Unit Business Office are expected to do the following:

  • Remove all costs incurred outside the performance period, except allowable pre-award costs.
    • Generally, “pre-award” costs are allocable to the time period of the forthcoming new or competing continuation award and may be incurred up to 90 days prior to the beginning date of the project or budget period in accordance with the sponsor’s guidelines. Also, pre-award costs must be adequately justified to indicate that advanced funding is necessary for the effective and economical conduct of the project, and must be allowable under the terms of the forthcoming award.
    • Post-award or after-term charges that are deemed non-applicable or unallowable must be transferred off to an appropriate funding source.
  • Remove cost overruns (overdrafts) within 45 days after the project has expired to allow for submission of the federal financial report no later than 120 days after the project end date. Overdrafts must be transferred to an unrestricted funding source.
  • Remove costs resulting from sponsor disallowances, or other unallowable costs per the terms of the award—as advised by your university sponsored programs post-award office contact.
  • Review open obligations (encumbrances/purchase orders/payroll commitments), and ensure that they are liquidated, cancelled, or moved to other appropriate funding sources.
  • Confirm that all subrecipients have completed their scope of work, including all required deliverables, and submitted their final billing according to the terms of their agreement. Refer to the "Final Invoice" section of policies and procedures on Review and Pay Subrecipient Inovices.
  • Ensure that all project costs have been recorded. Process final expenditures per the due date of a final bill or financial report to allow for timely submission of the bill or report, as indicated in the following table.

    If Sponsor Final Billing/Closeout Is Required

    Then, Final Submission of Expense Transactions Is Due

    30 days after project end date

    15 days after project end date

    60 days after project end date

    30 days after project end date

    90-120 days after project end date

    60 days after project end date

  • Validate final expenditure report prior to submission of final invoice or federal financial report.
  • Prepare and submit the final technical report and/or deliverables to the sponsor.
  • Submit form listing invention disclosures, or indicate that there were none.
  • Submit a final inventory of federally-funded equipment, if any.
  • Submit, for federal projects, an accounting of unused expendable supplies (including expensed equipment) with an aggregate value of $5,000 or more, as applicable.
  • Provide your university sponsored programs post-award office an accounting of program income or cost share commitments, as applicable, if these items are not tracked centrally on your campus.


Related Information

Campus Central Office Responsibilities
Closeout Documents and Responsibilities
Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Resources

GC70: Request to Establish an Anticipation Grant/Fund - Request to Use Expired or Overdrafted Grant/Fund 
2 CFR 200.344 Closeout


Last Updated: March 15, 2021 | Approved: Senior Associate Vice President for Business and Finance - March 15, 2021

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