University of Southern California

Research

Change in Scope

Prior approval from the sponsor is almost always required when the scope or research objectives of a funded project change.  Individual awards should be reviewed for specific guidance on what is defined as a change in scope and prior approval requirements.  Actions likely to be considered a change in scope include, but are not limited to, the following:

Documentation Required – Requests for approval of a scope change must include:
(1) a description of the scope change requested; (2) a justification for why the scope change is necessary; and (3) an explanation of how the scope change will impact the time line, budget and project deliverables.

Approvals Required – 
(1) Principal Investigator; and (2) Dept. Chair/Unit Head or designee. Sponsor approval is almost always required; please consult the award terms and conditions.