OVPRI Government Shutdown Updates

January 31, 2019

National Science Foundation posts new deadline dates and other updates to its Resumption of Operations page

Jean Feldman, head of the NSF's Policy Office in the Division of Institution & Award Support, pointed researchers to newly updated information — including identification of new deadline dates for specific solicitations and Dear Colleague Letters — on the NSF's Resumption of Operations page. The page offers guidance for NSF staff and contractors regarding the resumption of operations following a 35-day funding lapse in appropriations and shutdown of the agency.
 
The NSF will continue to update its web page as more information becomes available. Questions should be directed to the Policy Office in the Division of Institution & Award Support at policy@nsf.gov.
 
 

 

 

January 28, 2019

Resumption of Operations at the National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation issued guidance for NSF staff and contractors regarding the resumption of operations following a 35-day funding lapse in appropriations and shutdown of the agency. The agency posted A Message from the France A. Córdova, NSF director, (Important Notice No. 145: Resumption of Operations at the National Science Foundation) and answered questions regarding the guidance.
 
The NSF will continue to update its web page as more information becomes available. Questions should be directed to the Policy Office in the Division of Institution & Award Support at policy@nsf.gov.

January 17, 2019

The OVPRI sent the following message to Principal Investigators and Departmental Grant Administrators: 

 

Dear PIs and DGAs:

As the partial government shutdown enters its fourth week, we wanted to provide you an update on where things stand. In general, sponsored project operations are continuing apace, but future negative consequences remain a possibility.

Some federal agencies such as the NIH and the Department of Education have received their FY 2019 appropriation and therefore are functioning as usual. Others such as the NSF did not and are currently shut down. 

For now, the NSF and most other shuttered agency proposal submission systems remain operational. Please continue to prepare and submit your proposals by the deadline, unless informed otherwise.

For active awards from the NSF and other agencies affected by the partial shutdown, investigators should continue to operate projects within the limits of their authorized budgets and continue to follow all approved project plans and guidelines. During the closure, the NSF and other shuttered agencies will not issue any new awards, or provide agency approval for new activities. Do not expend funds against expired awards even if you anticipate requesting an extension when the agency re-opens. Additionally, all federal reporting deadlines also remain in effect throughout the shutdown. Even though there may be no one at the agencies to review reports, please continue to submit reports on time.  The National Science Foundation has posted guidance about the shutdown for NSF proposers and grantees.

Finally, if you receive instructions from a closed agency to stop work, or are experiencing other significant disruption to your research program due to the shutdown, you should immediately contact your Sponsored Project Administrator. Working together, we can strategize about potential solutions.

Together with our colleagues in Government and Community Relations, we are closely monitoring the situation. We understand that this is a difficult situation and will be working to help identify any deleterious impact that the shutdown may have on your research.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to reach out to us. Thank you for your continued work to further the research mission of the University of Oregon.

Best regards,

David Conover

Vice President for Research and Innovation

 

Cassandra Moseley

Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation

 


 

 

December 21, 2018

On the eve of a potential partial federal government shutdown, Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation Cass Moseley sent the following message to Principal Investigators and Departmental Grant Administrators.

 

Dear PIs and DGAs:

As you may be aware, Congress needs to pass, and President Trump needs to sign, a continuing resolution or an appropriations bill by 9 p.m. PST tonight, December 21, 2018, to maintain funding for many federal operations. Unless an agreement is reached before then, it is possible there will be a partial federal government shutdown. This shutdown would include the NSF, USDA, NASA, NOAA, NEH, and other agencies. It would not include the NIH or Department of Education because Congress has passed, and the President has signed into law, the FY 2019 budgets for these agencies. I wanted to provide you all with initial information about what to expect in the next few days should a shutdown occur. We will be back in touch next week with more information.  

UO researchers can expect to continue their federally sponsored projects and most awarded projects will be unaffected unless the work requires the use of a federal facility or guidance from agency staff. Faculty, staff, and students funded on federal grants should plan on working as usual.   

During a shutdown, the federal government is unlikely to execute new awards, amendments, or extensions. Program officers will likely be unavailable and some web pages may be down. For now, we recommend that you assume proposal submission deadlines will remain unchanged unless you hear otherwise about a particular competition. 

Payments on existing awards from some or all federal agencies are likely to be delayed. The UO has plans in place to cover costs of sponsored project expenditures in the short term. During the last shutdown, the UO was largely able to continue drawing federal funds. However, if the shutdown extends more than a month, plan modifications may need to be made. 

Federal agencies independently develop approaches to a government shutdown; implementation is likely to be inconsistent across agencies. Please keep in close communication with your SPS Sponsored Projects Administrators and reach out to them if you have any questions or concerns about a specific proposal submission or award. Office of Management and Budget has posted FAQs and agency contingency plans. The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities also has more details on their website about which agencies could shut down.

If you receive a notice from your federal sponsor related to a government shutdown, please forward that communication to Sponsored Project Services at sponsoredprojects@uoregon.edu.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation will continue to monitor the situation with our colleagues in Government and Community Relations. We will keep you all updated as we learn more. In the meantime, if you have any other questions, please reach out to me at cmoseley@uoregon.edu.

Best regards,

Cass Moseley

Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation