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Government shutdown and federal grants

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As you likely have heard, the United States federal government has shut down due to a lapse in funding. Here’s how it may affect federal grantees and grant seekers:

For existing grantees

  • Work on federally funded grants should continue. Any existing funds obligated before the shutdown are still available. This typically means the existing year of funding on a multiyear grant. Planned funding for additional years will not be obligated during the shutdown.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) will not process any payment requests during the shutdown. National Institutes of Health (NIH) will process some but not all payment requests during the shutdown.
  • eRA Commons, NSF Fastlane, and will be unavailable during the shutdown.
  • No new requests (extensions, budget revisions, supplements, etc.) will be considered during the shutdown.

For new grant proposals

  • For grants submitted prior to October 1, 2013, the review process will be delayed
  • Both NSF and NIH have recommended that new proposals should not be submitted during the shutdown. Funding opportunities with deadlines during the shutdown will be reevaluated once the government is running again. We interpret this to mean that these deadlines will be extended.
  • Program officers will not be available by phone, email, or any other means during the shutdown.
  • NSF Fastlane will be unavailable during the shutdown.
  • may be up and running, but granting agencies will not be retrieving proposals from it.

More information

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as we have them. Please check back for updates. If you have questions, contact us at (309) 438-2528 or