Even though Congress has passed a bill to end the federal government shutdown, the sixteen-day shutdown will have lasting effects on universities across the country. We are compiling the latest news and updates regarding federal agencies to help show what the possible lingering effects of the shutdown may be, and we will continue to update this resource as more information becomes available.
National Institute of Health
NIH released the following notice regarding the shutdown:
NIH is working to reestablish dates for grant and contract submissions, determine how to handle missed review meetings, and reschedule dates for training and other activities that were scheduled to occur during and immediately following the period of the government shutdown.
As of today, we can confirm that we will be rescheduling all October grant application submission deadlines to the November timeframe (specific dates to be announced in a future Notice). By delaying due dates that occurred both during the lapse in funding and in the week following, applicants will have access to NIH staff and the help desks as they develop their applications.
Peer review meetings that were due to be held between October 1 and October 17 have been cancelled and are being rescheduled.
We expect the eRA Commons will be available for public access on Monday, October 21.
NIH will provide additional information, including a Notice on NIH operations during a continuing resolution, as soon as it is available.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science posted this on their blog:
According to a tweet posted on the DrugMonkey blog, some peer-review meetings will be canceled altogether and the proposals will be added to the next round of review panels starting in February. That double duty prompted worries that reviewers will be overwhelmed: “I can't help but think sitting on a section is going to go from being intense but manageable to being a real nightmare,” gingerest wrote. But DrugMonkey points to a bright side: Some researchers may take advantage of the chance to pull their proposals and resubmit them with fresh data.
National Science Foundation
NSF released the following statement:
Following the enactment of a continuing resolution (CR), federal government operations are funded through Jan. 15. National Science Foundation (NSF) staff reported back to work on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.
In an important notice to the heads of universities, colleges and other NSF-grantee institutions, NSF Acting Director Cora B. Marrett stated that it will take some time for the agency to work through the backlog of activities caused by the 16-day funding lapse--during that time, no proposals were received or distributed for peer review, no review panels were convened, no new awards were made and no existing awards received payments--with delays in funding decisions and possible cancellations of other activities among the possible results.
For important post-shutdown information, see:
The American Association for the Advancement of Science summarized a memo from NSF acting Director Cora Marrett here, with the full memo included.
NSF is urging scientists not to contact their program officers until the agency has had time to catch up on the backlog generated by the shutdown and resume normal operations. To that end, Marrett’s memo asks staffers to “pre-emptively communicate expectations” with the research community and “refrain from responding to PI calls and emails.”
To ease the immediate crunch, Marrett has directed staff members to postpone all panel reviews “through the end of October” and to cancel meetings of the various advisory committees that offer regular input to the agency’s research directorates and major programs until 2014. Staffers have also been asked to postpone travel, including site visits, “for at least one week, if possible.”
"After the Shutdown, Academics Have a Lot of Catching Up to Do" - The Chronicle of Higher Education