Discover how you can make a request for a no-cost extension for Blood Cancer UK-funded research grants.
All Blood Cancer UK grants are awarded for a defined period as detailed in your Grant Award Letter and will have a specific end date.
For non-milestone grants, we will consider requests for no-cost extensions (NCEs) if received before the end date of a grant and there are sufficient unspent funds remaining on the grant. These fall into two main categories:
NCE – postponement
Extension of the grant end date to accommodate changes in funded research staff available to work on the project:
• Recruitment delays (where multiple key posts are not all activated at the same time);
• Gaps in post occupancy during the grant (e.g. a postdoc leaving);
• Where the grant-holder takes a period of leave (e.g. parental leave or sick leave);
• Where the grant-holder revises their hours of employment.
NCE – extension
The grant end date may be extended in time only by up to 12 months to allow the continuation of project-related activities, within the scope of the original award.
These may include:
- Extra time required to complete original objectives of the grant due to delays encountered during the grant period;
- Extension of research activities (e.g. increase ‘n’ number);
- Dissemination activities – access to funds required beyond original end date to allow for conference attendance to disseminate data, to hold workshops/meetings as part of grant activities.
What do ineligible NCE activities include?
- Non grant-specific activities – e.g. if the aims/activities on the grant have been completed, or the extension activities are significantly different from the original proposal (since these would not have been peer reviewed);
- Conference/meeting attendance for any purpose that is not dissemination;
- Writing new grant proposals;
- Bridging funds to cover a period between grants.
Underspend – use of underspent funds to support a NCE must be justified. Significant underspend should be explained in relation to progress and/or the original costs requested.
Multiple NCEs – multiple postponements may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
Duration – NCE requests longer than 12 months for extended activities will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.