Carryforward is the forwarding of an unobligated balance of funds from the currently expired budget period to the next budget period.

There are two types of carryforward:

Automatic Carryforward

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

For those awards that allow automatic carryforward the UVM chartfield established for spending the awarded funds will remain the same for the life of the project. This means all funding received is released to the existing chartfields and is available for allowable costs for the life of the award.

Note: Many grant progress reports, for example the NIH RPPR progress reports, require reporting estimated unobligated balances 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.

Restricted Carryforward (Requires Sponsor Approval)

Restricted Carryforward (Requires Sponsor Approval)

For those awards that do not allow carryforward of unobligated funds from one budget period to the next without sponsor prior approval will be separately accounted for. This means a new chartfield is established for each year's increment of funding.

Note: Establishment of a chartfield each year allows SPA Finance to issue financial reports that identify expenditures to each budget year and easily determine the unobligated balance that will require sponsor approval to carryforward to the next budget period.

To initiate a request to carryforward unobligated funds, go to the procedures accordion, below.


NIH Awards

SNAP Awards (Streamlined Noncompeting Award Process)

  • NIH awards designated as SNAP awards in the NIH NOA, have automatic carryforward.
  • All funds awarded remain available for the life of the project.
  • No action is needed.

non-SNAP Awards (require approval)

  • See: NIH eCommons Carryforward Instructions
  • Requests to carryforward unobligated balances from one budget period to the next is made using eRA Commons (NIH Electronic System)
  • eRA Commons, (NIH Electronic System), 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.
  • PI or Unit Administrator (UA) should contact SPA FA to confirm the FFR has been submitted oin eRA Commons.
  • PI working with UA will initiate a carryover request electronically using the eRA Commons Prior Approval Module.
  • The following information is required:
    • Amount of Unobligated funds to be carried over
    • Explanation of why unobligated funds remain
    • Budget justification for the unobligated funds
    • Scientific justification
  • Upon PI submission, eRA Commons will notify SPA that a prior approval request is pending in Commons.
  • SPA will review the information, verify where needed, and submit the request


To initiate sponsor approval to Carryover funds from one year to the next you will need to use the UVMClick - Request Award Modification activity.

1.Login to UVMClick.

2.Click the Grants Tab, click Awards, Search for the applicable award (By PI Name is probably easiest).
3.Click on the "Name" (title) to open the record.
4.Click the left side menu item "Request Award Modification".
5.Complete the SmartForm, and click Finish.

The Carryforward request is sent to the assigned SPA Specialist who will complete the action.

For a more details refer to:

Updated 4/1/20

Contact SPA

Please contact your assigned SPA Financial Analyst for assistance with carryover that requires sponsor approval.