Carryover of Unobligated Balances

Carryover requests are sent to DSP using the UFIRST – Award Modification functionality

What is a Carryover?

Carryover is forwarding the unobligated balance of funds from the current budget period that has expired to the next budget period.

There are two types of Carryover:

  1. Automatic Carryover

Most federal and non-federal grant awards are subject to automatic carryover of unobligated balances from one budget period to the next budget period.

  • For those awards that allow automatic carryover the UF project number or numbers established for spending the awarded funds will remain the same for the life of the project.
  • Note: Many grant progress reports, for example the NIH RPPR progress reports, require reporting estimated unobligated balance that are expected to be greater than 25 percent of the current year’s budget and if yes, an explanation and expenditure plan for those funds will need to be included in the progress report.
  1. Restricted Carryover (Requires Sponsor Approval)

  • For those awards that do not allow carryover of unobligated funds from one budget period to the next without sponsor prior approval requires each budget period to be separately accounted for by establishing a new project number or numbers for each funding increment.
  • Note: Establishment of a new project numbers each year allows C&G Accounting to issue a financial report which identifies expenditures and determines the unobligated balance that will require sponsor approval to carryover.

Procedures to Request Sponsor Approval (NIH and other Sponsors):

1. Procedures for NIH Carryover Requests  

Starting early June 2017,  you may initiate your carryover request electronically using the eRA Commons Prior Approval Module.

Commons will make available a carryover request in the Prior Approval Module when the following two conditions are met:

  • Prior year’s FFR (Federal Financial Report) has been submitted.
  • The grant is still active.

As part of the Commons process, you will need several key pieces of information to complete the request:

  • Unobligated funds to be carried over
  • Explanation of unobligated funds
  • Budget Justification
  • Scientific Justification

Departments should also contact and consult with their assigned C&G Grant Accountant to confirm the FFR has been submitted.

For DSP to submit a carryover request through Commons, a UFIRST award modification must be created and submitted to DSP and include the required documentation listed above.

  • Using eRA Commons is optional and you may choose to still email the carryover request following the below procedures.

2. Procedures for other Sponsor’s Carryover Requests

1)  C&G Accounting notifies the Departments of the unobligated balance available for carryover. Departments should also contact and consult with their assigned C&G Grant Accountant to confirm the unobligated balance.

2)  Department or PI should then prepare a formal letter requesting carryover approval signed by the PI and countersigned by DSP.  A Carryover Request Template letter is available on the DSP Forms website.

3)  A complete carryover request should include the following information:

  • PI name
  • Grant Number
  • Carryover dates or years (from/to)
  • Amount of the unobligated balance to be carried over broken out between Direct and F&A = Total Cost.
  • Reason for the unobligated balance.
  • Reason the carryover funds are needed to accomplish the grant work and why the grant work could not be accomplished by rebudgeting current budget period funds.

4) Required attachments as follows:

  • Detailed total cost budget for the unobligated amount. A total cost budget includes direct costs plus indirects at the F&A rate in effect for the current budget period. For NIH use the 2590 detailed budget forms and the checklist page reflecting the requested F&A rate and F&A amount.
  • Budgetary and scientific justifications.
  • A copy of the grant’s annual financial report issued by C&G Accounting. For federal awards this is known as the Federal Financial Report (FFR). If the financial report has not be not been completed, DSP will need to confirm the unobligated balance with C&G Accounting prior to submitting the carryover request to the Sponsor.

5)      Submit the carryover request letter and back-up to DSP using UFIRST – Award Modification. .

6)      DSP will review, verify and sign as the authorized business official and deliver to the sponsor.

7)      Upon sponsor approval, DSP will finalize and submits to C&G Accounting the UFIRST- Award Modification that adds the approved carryover amount to the project established for the current budget period, taking into account any sponsor restrictions that may require a separate project be established for the carryover funds.


If you have questions regarding carryover of unobligated funds from one budget period to the next please contact your assigned C&G Grant Accountant or DSP at