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NIH strengthens is enforcement of closeout requirements

February 13, 2024

To increase compliance with timely reporting of closeout documents, NIH announced in NOT-OD-24-047) that starting in January 2024, it will send an additional closeout email notification 90 days after the project period end date. NIH previously sent reminder emails to recipients 10, 120, and 150 days after the project period end date.

Closeout documents include Final Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs), Final Invention Statements, and Final Financial Reports (FFRs).

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NIH then issued a second notice with NOT-OD-24-055, that on January 23, that it will initiate unilateral closeout if a recipient does not provide timely, accurate closeout reports.

This underscores NIH's commitment to strictly enforcing its closeout policies and reducing grant closeout delays. 

As a reminder for the U-M research community:

  • All final reports are due within 120 days of the project end date and become overdue the next day
  • Delinquent reports put U-M at risk for corrective actions including withholding of funding
  • ORSP will be escalating non-compliant projects to the department and dean’s level for action