During the course of a sponsored project or program the PI may find it necessary to continue beyond the awarded period of performance. A Renewal is the sponsor’s authorization for additional funding, scope, and extension to an existing sponsored award. Requests should be prepared by the PI and Department and routed to ORPA as a Renewal proposal. Renewal funding sometimes arrives as a modification to the original sponsored award number.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has more specific language on Renewals. NIH awards continuing year-to-year are Non-competitive renewals, where funding is based on NIH’s determination as to whether to provide funding for the budget period subsequent to that covered by the submitted progress report. When a full Renewal proposal is submitted, it is referred to as a Competitive renewal and is subject to peer review.