Access to Residual Funds

In most situations at the end of a NSERC or SSHRC grant-funding period, grantees receive an automatic extension of one year; this is referred to as the terminal year. At the end of the terminal year, any remaining funds  are retained under Western's control, and are referred to as residual funds. For the grantee to receive special permission to access these residual funds, he or she must demonstrate that unforeseen circumstances existed that prevented him or her from completing the project within the approved time frame.

NSERC only: If a renewal has been requested in the terminal year, access to residual funds should not be requested until a decision has been reached on the renewal.



  • March 2nd for grants ending terminal year on March 31st (Please note NSERC renewal exception above)
  • Open deadline for all other terminal year end dates (applications should be submitted 4-6 weeks before end date)


Indirect costs are not supported by this program.


Internal program applications are processed through Western Research and must be accompanied by a completed ROLA Proposal.


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