Award Closeout

Closeout refers to the actions taken at the end of a project, which is reached at the end date reflected in the award document.

If no additional time or funding is needed to complete the project tasks and objectives, the award must be closed in a manner described below, a process made easier by good award management over the life of an award. The Principal Investigator (PI), the Local Research Administrator (LRA), Pre-Award and Post-Award partner for timely closeout process.

Key Steps

Preparation for award closeout begins three months prior to the end date of the award. This is done to allow for the accurate forecasting of pending allowable expenses not yet allocated to the award, and to allow for any adjustment to financial entries that need to be made. Ninety days before the end of a given award, Post-Award will send the PI and the LRA a 90-Day Notice with information regarding the award closeout. If upon receipt of this notice the PI determines that the project is not complete and a no-cost extension is needed, a No-Cost Extension request should be submitted to Pre-Award as soon as possible.

  • Salary & Labor Distribution (Updated PAF’s): Submit a a request for a pay and labor change in the eServe Workforce Portal to move employees/students off the award. Review key personnel salary allocations and document any DeptID cost-share of salaries for committed grant effort
  • Marketplace: update TSS with any necessary changes to your profile by creating a case
  • P-Card: update TSS with any necessary changes to your profile by creating a case
  • Apptricity: make sure all travel has been processed
  • Tufts CMS: update accounts associated with animal care and use on this award or make arrangements for disposition.
  • Open Commitments: Submit, liquidate, or cancel any encumbrances. Stop or redirect all re-occurring charges by the end date
  • Review of Expenses: Review the award terms & conditions and ensure that all expenses are appropriate. Any erroneous or unallowable expenses must be transferred to department account.
  • Cost sharing: Any committed cost sharing must be expended by the time the project ends. Provide a final accounting of cost share to Post-Award
  • Program Income: Any program income must be expended by the time the project ends. Please work with Post-Award on final accounting.
  • Subawards: Obtain a final invoice and any other final reports from each of the subrecipients no later than 60 days after sub-award end date to ensure timely closeout
  • Over-expenditures: Transfer deficits out of sponsored awards promptly within 60 days after the award end date.
  • For fixed price awards that may have residual balance, refer to the Residual Balance on Sponsored Awards Policy. Refer to the policy on Outstanding Balances on Sponsored Awards for additional details.

For assistance with closeout actions contact your Post Award Financial Specialist. A closeout meeting is offered upon request.

Most federal sponsors and many private sponsors require the submission of final reports within 90 days after the award end date (some agencies may require early or later submission). When Tufts is a subrecipient, final reports are due to the prime institution in advance of the 90-day mark. Please refer to the award terms and conditions to determine the due dates.

  • Final Financial Statement (FFR)/Final Financial Status Report (FSR)/Final Invoice: The final financial report or invoice is prepared and submitted to the sponsor by Post-Award within 90 days of the end of the award, or as required by the award terms and conditions
  • Patent/Invention Report: Pre-Award will prepare and submit the Final Invention Report based on the information obtained from the Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration.
  • Final Technical Report: The PI prepares and, in most cases, also submits the final technical report and any other progress reports required by the sponsor. Please contact your Pre-Award Signing Official to obtain institutional signature on the technical report if necessary or request assistance with submission

Policies, Guidelines, Forms & Tools

Resolution of Outstanding Balances on Sponsored Awards
Residual Balance on Sponsored Awards
No-Cost Extension
No Cost Extension Form
Cost Transfers

Key Offices


Central Pre-Award

Central Pre-Award

Central Pre-Award provides mandatory review, approval and submission for sponsored funding.

Central Post-Award

Central Post-Award

Post-Award provides financial oversight of all sponsored award activities from set up to closeout, and is part of the Finance Division, office of the Controller.

Local Research Administration

Local Research Administration

Local Research Administration (LRA) provides support within the schools and centers at Tufts.