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Office of Sponsored Projects Guidance on Partial Federal Shutdown


Dear Faculty and Research Community,

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is closely monitoring the government shutdown and its impact on the university’s sponsored projects. Additional information relevant to current awards will be shared with the campus as it is received.

As of this time, the partial government shutdown continues and it is uncertain when it will be resolved. This announcement serves to provide guidance on the management of sponsored projects funded by those federal agencies impacted by the shutdown.  This includes NSF, NASA, Department of Commerce (NIST and NOAA), NPS, OJP, EPA, the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.

DHHS (including NIH, CDC, CMS, HRSA, SAMHSA and AHRQ), DOD, and DOE are not impacted by the shutdown.

Proposals and will continue to operate during the shutdown. All federal agency proposal deadlines remain in effect. While proposals can be submitted, they will not be accepted and processed until normal agency operations resume.

New Awards/Additional Funding on Existing Awards

We expect not to receive new awards (or incremental funding on existing awards) by the agencies included in the shutdown. Principal Investigators may continue performance under their awards during this lapse in appropriations, to the extent funds are available, and if the period of performance of the grant or cooperative agreement has not expired.  However, federal agencies are not obligated to reimburse expenditures for amounts in excess of total funds authorized per the terms of awarded grants or cooperative agreements.

For more specific and updated information by agency see below:



Department of Commerce: