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US Government Shutdown

Please see information below from the National Institutes of Health regarding grant administration processes that will now take effect following news of the lapse in appropriated funds.  Although the majority of the University’s NIH funding is received via other - usually US - institutions the changes notified below will impact grant-holders significantly even if the processes described affect the prime award holder in the first instance.

Existing NIH awards

  • NIH staff will not be able to provide routine administrative support services
  • HHS (US Dept of Health and Human Services) will maintain the Payment Management System to continue processing grant drawdown requests.
  • You may be able to continue drawing funds; however, if your grant award contains restrictive terms and conditions, or if your drawdown request triggers one of the Payment Management System edit checks and/or the drawdown limit controls, you will not be able to drawdown funds. 

New applications for NIH awards

  • Grants.gov system will be accepting applications from prospective grantees.   However, for NIH applications the Grants.gov system will only accept and store applications.  Applications will not be processed further until such time as the authority and funding to return to normal business operations are restored.

We will update with any further news received.  Meanwhile, if you would like to discuss the situation with your particular grant please contact the Assistant Director or Research Support Manager in your ROO school team.

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September 26, 2013

Dear Grantee:

As you are aware, the Government Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 ends on September 30, 2013 and an Appropriation Act for FY2014 has not yet been passed.  The Administration strongly believes that a lapse in appropriations should not occur, and that there is enough time for Congress to act to prevent a lapse.  However, prudent management requires that we prepare for an orderly execution of contingency plans in the unfortunate event of a lapse.  In the event a continuing resolution or a FY2014 budget is not passed and a lapse of funding occurs, I wanted to provide you with information related to our grant administration processes.

Your particular grant program is funded by appropriations that will be affected by a government shutdown.  As a result, if there is a lapse in funding, HHS’ NIH staff will not be available to provide routine administrative support services.  HHS will, however, maintain the Payment Management System in an operational status to continue processing grant drawdown requests. Given that you have received your award prior to the gap in funding, you may be able to continue drawing funds from prior awards during an appropriations lapse.  If you received your notice of grant award with restrictive terms and conditions, or if your drawdown request triggers one of the Payment Management System edit checks and/or the drawdown limit controls, you will not be able to drawdown funds. 

If you are considering submitting an application for additional HHS federal assistance funding, please be advised that the Grants.gov system will be operational during a lapse in funding and will be accepting applications from prospective grantees.   However, for NIH applications the Grants.gov system will only accept and store applications. Applications will not be processed further until such time as the authority and funding to return to normal business operations are restored.

Please check the website at www.hhs.gov for updates.  Thank you for your assistance with this period of a potential government shut-down and your ongoing support of the NIH.

Sally J. Rockey, Ph.D.

NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research

rockeysa@od.nih.gov