Impact of COVID-19 on Proposals and Awards

Click here for the KSU Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resource page and click here for other Office of Research updates.

Sponsored Programs is monitoring federal and other sponsor websites and will post pertinent information as it becomes available. KSU has moved to online instruction and teleworking but we are available as usual for assistance in preparing and submitting your proposals. If you have any questions or concerns about an upcoming proposal, please reach out to any of the pre-award staff or email 

  • Virtual Office Hours

    Pre-Award Staff Virtual Office Hours

    Faculty can "visit" with pre-award staff on Microsoft Teams on Wednesdays,  starting April 8 from 3-4 p.m. 

For PIs with active awards, a major concern is about grant-related travel. Please contact your grants manager (email is preferable) if you have travel costs that must be cancelled. Please do not book any upcoming travel at this time. We are following KSU’s travel guidelines on the KSU COVID-19 Information and Resources page.  

On March 19 the Federal Government issued OMB M-20-17 in which it authorized Federal agencies to take certain actions due to COVID-19. In particular:

  • Funding opportunity deadlines: Awarding agencies may provide flexibility with regard to the submission of competing applications in response to specific announcements, as well as unsolicited applications.
  • Payment of salaries: Awarding agencies may allow recipients to continue to charge salaries and benefits to currently active Federal awards consistent with the recipients' policy of paying salaries (under unexpected or extraordinary circumstances) from all funding sources, Federal and non-Federal.
  • Allowability of costs due to COVID-19: Awarding agencies may allow recipients who incur costs related to the cancellation of events, travel, or other activities necessary and reasonable for the performance of the award, or the pausing and restarting of grant funded activities due to the public health emergency, to charge these costs to their award without regard to 2 CFR § 200.403, Factors affecting allowability of costs, 2 CFR § 200.404, Reasonable costs, and 2 CFR § 200.405, Allocable costs.

Federal agencies have issued guidance based on this memorandum. Please see the information below and contact your grants manager or sponsored programs with questions. In addition to following the Federal regulations, we must adhere to KSU policies; Federal sponsors require this.

Council on Governmental Relations' (COGR) FAQs and Resources on COVID-19’s Impact to Federal Awards  

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for National Institutes of Health (NIH) Applicants and Recipients

National Science Foundation (NSF) Coronavirus Information Page 

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and COVID-19

Information on the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and COVID-19

US Dept of Agriculture and COVID-19

US Dept of Education COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

Coronavirus: US Dept of Defense Response

US Environmental Protection Agency: COVID-19

US Dept of Energy Coronavirus Hub

US Dept of Labor Coronavirus Resources

US State Dept COVID-19

Other resources of interest: