Changes to Project or Budget

Procedures for post-award changes in key personnel, scope of work, time, or budget

After an award is made, changes may be needed. Review the award document and sponsor policies to determine whether the proposed change requires sponsor approval or may be approved internally by University officials.

General procedures

The Principal Investigator (PI) initiates the request. Depending upon the type of change proposed, a form, email, or memo may be used to request approval, or the request may be submitted via an online sponsor system. Contact your Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) team with questions regarding procedures for internal approvals and for approval by the sponsor, when required.

Sponsor approval: The PI, in accordance with school and/or department procedures, submits the request to SPA. SPA may require additional approvals before signing for the University. The sponsor must approve the request in writing. Sponsor approval may be provided by the sponsor's grant or contract officer in the form of a letter, email/electronic notification, or formal award modification.

NIH Prior Approvals: Use the eRA Commons Prior Approval Module to submit requests for withdrawal of an application, approval of $500,000 or more direct costs, change of PD/PI, no cost extension, and carryover. Prior Approval Module tutorials. Forward to SPA any email request to the NIH. The email must be clearly identified as a prior approval request and must reflect the complete grant number in the subject line. SPA will review the request and then forward it to the Grants Management Officer identified on the NIH Notice of Award.

Follow-up: SPA will process the approved change and update Kuali Research as needed. SPA will share the information with Sponsored Projects Accounting and Compliance (SPAC) and the Project will be updated as appropriate for the approved change.

Additional guidance and forms

Scope of Work: A change to the scope of work always requires approval by the sponsor.

Time and Budget Changes:

Personnel Changes:

  • Change of PI:  Work with your SPA Team.  A change of PI usually requires sponsor approval. Typically the sponsor will need information such as an explanation for the change and a biosketch or CV for the proposed new PI. If the proposed PI is in a different department, follow Change of Department instructions.
  • Change of Department: Submit a request for a change of department through Kuali Research proposal development. The original chair should acknowledge the change. Upload the acknowledgment documentation as a proposal attachment. Change of department does not require sponsor approval. Change of PI usually requires sponsor approval. Once approved, a new Project will be issued to reflect the change of department, and the old Project(s) will need to be closed out.
  • Change in Status of PI/Key Personnel:  For federal grants, agency approval is required
    • If key personnel will withdraw from the project entirely.
    • If PI will disengage from the project for three months or more.
    • If PI will reduce effort on the project by more than 25 percent of the committed effort. The committed effort is the effort promised in the proposal unless the agency has subsequently approved a new level of effort for that individual.
    • NIH NOT-OD-18-172:  Clarification of NIH's Policy Regarding a Change in Program Director's/Principal Investigator's Status
  • Faculty transfer to a new institution Departing PI Award Disposition Notification