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Partial Federal Shutdown: Impact on Contracts and Grants

Update to researchers regarding impact on Contracts and Grants due to partial federal shutdown – Federal FY19.

Updated Jan 10, 2019

Affected agencies

Congress and the White House have not resolved ongoing federal FY 2019 budget issues. As a result, a lapse of funding for the following agencies is effective midnight December 21, 2018, and will continue into the new year:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF): Due to a lapse in appropriations, NSF has issued guidance on NSF.gov on the availability of electronic systems and related policy direction. Proposals can be submitted, and the Help Desk is available.
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): NSPIRES has no mention of closure.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Due to the lapse in Congressional Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2019, the U.S. Department of Commerce is closed. Commerce Department websites will not be updated until further notice. For more information, see https://www.commerce.gov/
  • Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS): Due to the lapse in federal funding, www.dhs.gov will not be actively managed.

Researchers that hold federally funded contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and sub-awards need to be aware of impacts that the current partial federal shutdown will have on their plans.

FY19 federal funding appropriations are approved for many agencies and will not impact current or anticipated research funding from the following:

  • Department of Defense (DOD)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)

Agency contingency plans


The Office of Research Affairs will seek to maximize continuity of support for faculty research activities. However, following is an initial guide for research projects from NSF, NASA, NOAA, DOJ and DHS:

  • Spending may continue if the award has already been received, barring receipt of a Stop Work Notice or other such notification from the sponsor.
  • Spending on awards or award modifications not yet received (new, continuing, or renewal) becomes the decision and risk of the PI's department. Advance approvals for specific projects will be considered if endorsed by the applicable Dean, and should be at levels needed to initiate or maintain the project.
  • Award actions that are under negotiation (new, renewal, etc.) and multi-year contracts that end after federal budget impasse, may be put on hold by the sponsor.
  • Deadline dates for submitting applications for funding opportunities previously published, are unchanged unless formal notifications from the agency are published or received advising of changes to the deadline dates.

Additional resources

Note: This web page will continue to be updated until the impasse is resolved.

Questions regarding impact on specific sponsored research contract or grant awards: