An update on science funding agency operations under a government shutdown

One of the most common questions concerns grant application deadlines and the government shutdown. Unless you hear otherwise, you should submit your grant on time regardless of if the government shuts down. (This information may be out of date. Follow links for updated information.) Grants.gov will be active under a shutdown. However, other sites necessary for grant submission to the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation will not be operative. You should upload your grant application to grants.gov where it will be stored until the government resumes operation.

The NSF has released its plans for operations under a government shutdown. If you have an NSF grant, you will be able to spend those funds. However, a shutdown will prevent you from receiving assistance with a grant and delay the disbursement of funds.

The NIH has not released its plans for operations under a shutdown except for this informal notice. Similar to the NSF, you will be able to use your NIH funds; however, no one will be available to assist you in the event of a problem and new grant funds will not be disbursed. The Department of Health and Human Services, of which the NIH is a part, has posted information about its functions under a shutdown.

Any grant review panels, or study sections, scheduled for the rest of the week may be altered or cancelled if the government shuts down. If you are involved in a study section to be held soon, be on the lookout for updates to your meeting.

A full list of how federal agencies will be affected by a government shutdown can be found here.

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