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TO: Federally Funded Principal Investigators, Deans, Department Chairs, and Center Directors

FR: Rafael Martin
Associate Vice President for Research
Office of Research

SUBJECT: Update and guidance regarding the federal government shutdown

As you may be aware, the government partially shut down at midnight last night. The Office of Research has received updates from both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) regarding grant and award activities that may impact you as a researcher. These updates are attached for your review.

Both FastLane and became inaccessible 12Noon CST. While some electronic systems will remain accessible during the shutdown, agencies are encouraging researchers not to submit applications (paper or electronic) or progress reports until agencies resume normal operations. Both technical officers and program staff will be unavailable to answer or respond to communications (e.g. time extension, rebudgeting, approval for a change in effort, etc.) during the funding lapse. It is recommended that you delay sending such communications until after normal operations resume.

Additional agency updates are as follows:

Department of Agriculture

Department of Defense

Department of Education

Department of Energy

Department of Justice

Environmental Protection Agency

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Attached)

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Emily Lacy (Grants Manager) or Lucien Finley (Assistant Director, OSP) at ext. 2313.

2013 NSF External Guidance
2013 NIH Shutdown Procedures
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Posted: October 01, 2013