Close-Out of aProject


An award is closed out when it is determined that no further date or funding extensions are provided. Close-out refers to the activities that end an active Sponsored Project. The close-out process for sponsored projects is a post-award activity and is handled jointly by Post-Award Management, Accounting, and Financial Reporting.


There are several tasks that the PI, administrator, and OSP performs to end the award the Sponsored Project. The following table highlights the remaining close-out activities.

Project Close-Out Checklist


Completed Y/N

From -90 Days to Project End Date

Changes that need processing

Prepare HR appointments from grant to other, as appropriate


Expenses related to the project

Ensure that all project-related expenses are posted


Confirm that salaries are charged according to the budget or within sponsor permitted re-budgeting authority


Ensure any committed cost sharing is incurred and appropriately documented


Identify and remove unallowable expenses


Clear overdrafts, program advances, etc.


Process necessary cost transfers (IDT Journals, Labor Distributions)


Remind subrecipients to submit final invoices and reports by due dates


Identify outstanding invoices from vendor and purchases that have not arrived


From Project End Date to +45 days

Changes that need processing

Ensure no active appointments are associated to the expiring grant


Change PCARD default Cost Center


Notify any other users of the fund that project has ended


Expenses related to the Award

Ensure that all project-related expenses are posted


Confirm that all facilities and administrative costs are assessed


Close or change Purchase Orders


Remove unallowable after-term charges


Confirm subrecipients final invoices are paid


Confirm all adjusting financial entries are posted, including removal of overdrafts


From +45 days to + 90 days

Reporting related to project

Confirm that PI has met technical reporting requirements/deliverables


Confirm that financials and cost share reporting requirements are met

OPM monitors end dates of Projects to make sure the close-out process is commencing after the grant deadline. Monitoring is done to ensure all expenses have cleared and have been billed for.

  • Valid expenses have 45 days to hit the award after its end date and billed to the sponsor.
  • When all invoices are paid and necessary final financial reports are filed with the sponsor by the Office of Finance (no later than 90 days or sooner if the contract requires) the sponsored project is considered closed by OPM.
  • No additional notice is sent from OPM to Finance and the close-out is automatic based on the end date of the award+ 90 days.
  • Any overages are sent to the department so it can complete an IDT to remove those expenses from the grant.
  • Post-Award then changes the bill plan and revenue plan to “completed” in order to change the contract line to “closed”. The project status is also changed to “closed”.
  • OPM indicates on its weekly spreadsheet which grants have been processed through the close-out process as reference for the Office of Finance. The information includes:
  • Name of PI
  • Project number
  • Cost center
  • How much is left in the budget
  • If the grant is monthly reimbursable, the Office of Finance does not need to move any funds.
  • If the grant is deferred revenue, OPM indicates, in compliance with the award, whether the PI can keep any unspent funds or not.
  • If the PI can keep the funds, Finance transfers the unspent funds to the cost center indicated by the department.
  • By default, federal sponsors require the unspent funds be sent back. Finance processes a check and send it to the sponsor.

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Related Policies and Procedures

Allowable Cost on federally funded Contracts and Grants opm:funding_cost_share Funding Cost Share - Procedure opm:cost_transfer Cost Transfers - Procedure If you have any questions regarding this procedure, contact Office of Post Award Management at ext. 4540 or via email at
Issued: June 2015


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