Notice about Federal Funding Agencies during Partial Government Shutdown
(Jan. 7, 2019) -- The Federal Government went into a partial government shutdown at midnight on December 22, 2018. Not all agencies were affected – about 75% of the Government was funded prior to the deadline. The 25% not funded has an impact on KSU’s funding, although for the moment, the impact is minimal.
First, the good news – departments open and not affected by the shutdown:
- Health and Human Services (including NIH)
- Veterans Affairs
- Nuclear Regulatory Commission
If a research grant is funded by one of these agencies, the principal investigator is not affected by the shutdown.
The bad news – these departments/agencies are closed:
- Homeland Security
- Interior (includes Fish and Wildlife Service)
- Housing and Urban Development
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- National Endowment for the Humanities
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Fish and Wildlife Service
- Small Business Administration (SBA)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
If principal investigators are funded by one of the closed agencies, they will not be able to communicate with program and grants officers. KSU will not be able to draw down funds for reimbursement until the shutdown is over, no new funding obligations will be made (but this should only affect grants not fully obligated at the outset), and no changes that require agency approval will be processed, including requests for a second no cost extension.
Most of the affected KSU grants are funded by NSF, either directly or as a subaward. This page provides information for proposers and grantees: https://www.nsf.gov/shutdown/grantees.jsp. NSF is not issuing any new solicitations but is still accepting proposals pursuant to existing deadlines.
Here are links to two articles that may be of interest:
- Federal Shutdown Includes Agencies Supporting Research (Inside Higher Ed, 1/2/18)
- Schools with Affected Research Grants Decry Shutdown (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 1/3/18)
The Office of Research will contact principal investigators if there is a short-term impact (next 30 days) on their grants. The longest shutdown under the current shutdown rules was in 1995 and lasted 21 days. If this shutdown makes history and persists, we will be in touch. Of course, please contact us any time to discuss the impact of the shutdown on your grant. See staff directory for contacts or email firstname.lastname@example.org.