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Federal Government Shutdown Impact on Proposals Submission and Awards Management Guidance

The Division of Research is closely monitoring the government shutdown. Based on a recent Nature article, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Energy, excluding the Office of Science, are not affected by the shutdown since they are funded for the entire Fiscal Year 19, other agencies are not. The information in this guidance applies to those agencies affected by the partial shutdown.

For a list of frequently asked questions, click here.
For a list of affected U.S. departments and agencies, click here.

Proposal Submissions: 

Proposals should continue to be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). OSP will review and submit proposals to the sponsors according to the best and most recent directions provided by each sponsor. In most cases, proposals will be held in the queue by the sponsor and processed after the shutdown is over. 

New Awards:

New awards are likely to be delayed until after the shutdown is over. As always, please be very cautious about spending funds before an award document is received. All expenditures must occur in the period of performance. 

Active Awards: 

Unless directed otherwise by awarding sponsor:

  • If the active award is not accessing sponsor locations, resources, data, personnel, or additional funding, the work should continue as long as you have available funding in the project. Performance beyond the projects time period or amounts covered by the award is not allowed. Additionally, exceeding allocated award amounts may not be reimbursed by the sponsor, and will fall to the unit (department, institute or college) to cover any potential budget deficit.   
  • If the project does depend on accessing sponsor locations, resources, data, personnel, or additional funding, the work should cease until appropriations have been reinstated and further notice from the sponsor is received. If your project falls under this category, contact OSP for further assistance.

Routine Administration of Grants and Contracts by the Sponsors:

It is anticipated that requests for re-budgeting, no-cost extensions, award continuations, and other action decisions may be significantly delayed. It is also likely that federal facilities may not be available during this time. Faculty should inquire directly with those facilities.

If additional information becomes available, we will update this guidance and provide it to you immediately.  Should there be any questions, please contact OSP at sponsoredprograms@fau.edu or Miriam Campo directly at campom@fau.edu.

 Last Modified 1/4/19