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Final Reports for Grant Closeout

When your grant ends, you aren't done yet; you must complete the closeout process by sending acceptable final reports on time.

Submit Your Final Reports After Your Grant Project Ends

You have up to 120 days after your project period ends to submit grant closeout reports and to liquidate obligations by drawing funds from the Payment Management System (PMS). After 120 days, PMS will automatically reject requests to withdraw funds, as detailed in the February 23, 2023 Guide notice.

You don't have to wait until all closeout reports are ready to send them; after your grant ends, we advise you to send each report as soon as you are ready to submit it.

If you have inquiries about closeout, send them to the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA) FFR Reconciliation and Financial Closeout Support Center at

Most research grants require the following three closeout reports:

  1. Final Federal Financial Report (FFR) (SF 425).
  2. Final Research Performance Progress Report (F-RPPR).
  3. Final Invention Statement (FIS) (HHS 568).
    • You must submit the FIS electronically through the Commons.

Get your due dates in the eRA Commons or by searching Grants Pending Closeout. Learn more at eRA’s Closeout Status.

If you fail to submit your final reports on time, it may affect future funding for your institution. If final reports are missing or inaccurate 180 days after your grant’s end date, NIAID will begin unilateral closeout of your grant. We may consider enforcement action such as withholding support for your institution’s other active awards or placing your institution in a debt status to the U.S. government.

For more information, refer to NIH Closeout.

Final Federal Financial Report (FFR)

Your final FFR must indicate the exact balance of unobligated funds.

For guidance on completing your final FFR, refer to the Federal Financial Report (FFR) User Guide

Final Research Performance Progress Report (F-RPPR)

Access the F-RPPR through the eRA Commons. eRA automatically populates some information, but you should check for mistakes.

Follow the RPPR Instruction Guide. It covers each section and includes supplemental instructions for specific grant types such as career development, fellowship, and small business.

Because your Project Outcomes section will be accessible to the public on NIH’s RePORT site, we advise you to write the section with a lay audience in mind. Do not include proprietary or confidential information.

For more information, go to NIAID’s Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) SOP and NIH’s Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) webpage.

Final Invention Statement and Certification (HHS 568)

Your HHS 568 should cover the period from the date your support began to the date your project period ended. You must submit this report even if you previously reported inventions or your funded project did not result in an invention.

Your organization should be reporting inventions to HHS through iEdison.

Make sure you list all inventions that were conceived of or put into practice during your project. If you had no inventions, put "None."

Keep Your Records Accessible

Even after you submit your final reports, you must keep your project records for 3 years after the grant ends.

If any issue arises, we need to be able to verify the records, which must include all data and fiscal information. For detailed information, read Retention and Access Requirements for Records, 45 CFR Part 74.53.

Know that through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), other people can gain access to information concerning your grant. If other scientists formally request non-proprietary information from your application, our FOIA office will provide it.

Have Questions?

For business and policy issues, contact your grants management specialist, found in your eRA Commons account or on your summary statement. If you have not been assigned a specialist, go to NIAID's Grants Management Program Contacts to locate one.

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