Updated Process for Requesting Drawdowns Outside of the Liquidation Period
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February 23, 2023

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NOT-OD-21-149 - Updated Process for Requesting Drawdowns Outside of the Liquidation Period - RESCINDED

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This notice updates guidance issued in NOT-OD-21-149 and provides the process for requesting payments from the HHS Payment Management System (PMS) after the 120-day liquidation period on PMS documents in Open or Pending Closed status.  These procedures do not apply to documents in Closed status as funds are no longer available to  be drawn.  The guidance previously provided in NOT-OD-21-149 was never intended to be used to draw additional funds on closed documents.  NIH will only consider late draw requests on closed PMS documents if they are related to a public health emergency, natural disaster, or similar event.

A recipient may request payments from PMS up to 120 days past the period of performance end date of the PMS subaccount (e.g., award document number in Section I of the Notice of Award). Per the NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS), a term and condition of every NIH award, recipients must submit timely, accurate grant expenditure reports, and reconcile cash transaction reports submitted to the PMS with expenditure reports submitted to NIH.

Recipients are expected to request payments within the 120-day liquidation period. However, there may be rare circumstances where recipients are unable to complete drawdowns in a timely manner. In such cases, the recipient must follow the process below:

  • Prior to submitting the payment request in PMS, submit a prior approval request to the Institute or Center (IC) Grants Management Specialist listed in the Notice of Award. The request must provide the PMS subaccount (e.g., award document number), NIH grant number, the amount of funds being requested, and a justification for the late payment request. The recipient must also describe what action is being taken by the recipient to preclude similar situations in the future.
  • The IC will review the request and if it is determined that the justification is adequate, will notify the recipient of the approval.
  • Once approved, the recipient may submit the payment request in PMS. NIH will notify PMS of the approval, and the payment will be processed.

Requests will be reviewed and considered on a case-by-case basis. Recipients remain responsible for ensuring that information submitted to NIH in Federal Financial Reports (FFRs) is accurate, complete, and consistent with the recipient's accounting system (see NIHGPS Section When submitting the FFR through PMS, the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) or the individual designated to submit this report on behalf of their institution, certifies that the information in the FFR is correct and complete and that all outlays and obligations are for the purposes set forth in grant documents, and represents a claim to the Federal government.


Please direct all inquiries to:

FFR Reconciliation and Financial Support Center
NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)
Office of Extramural Research
Email: OPERAFFRInquiries@od.nih.gov