Impact of Government Shutdown on Federal Grants and Contracts

With the ongoing federal government shutdown, there may be some impacts to proposals and awards.  The government shutdown does not impact all federal agencies–the following agencies are open and following standard business operations:

  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services (including the National Institutes of Health)
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Veterans Affairs

No impacts to federal proposals or awards from any of these agencies are expected; proposal and award processing will continue accordingly.

The following agencies are considered CLOSED, with only essential staff reporting to work (with most grant and contract staff not considered essential):

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of Interior
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of State
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Treasury
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Science Foundation

Impacts on Proposals with Upcoming Deadlines to CLOSED Agencies:

Most agencies continue to solicit proposals via, FastLane, NSPIRES, and other proposal submission systems.  Principal investigators are encouraged to submit proposals in accordance with published deadlines and as application packages remain available.  Technical support, however, will not be available from the federal government, so please plan accordingly in terms of allowing sufficient time to submit proposals in advance of the deadline.  Extensions to submit proposals due to technical errors may not be granted.

Impacts on Proposals Submitted to CLOSED Agencies:

As anticipated, proposals submitted to agencies that are CLOSED will likely require additional time for review.   For projects selected for funding, additional time will be required for audit and review prior to final award issuance.   Sponsors may not be able to honor their originally posted review and decision timelines.

Impacts on Awards from CLOSED Agencies: 

For the most part, work may continue on awards issued by CLOSED agencies.  If you encounter an issue that will require sponsor approval (i.e., rebudgeting funds, purchase of equipment not otherwise budgeted/approved, reduction of effort, etc.), Hope will not be able to obtain approval and we will not be able to complete the request until the government re-opens.

If you receive a stop-work order from a sponsor due to a lapse in appropriations, please contact Ron Fleischmann, Director of Sponsored Research and Programs (, as soon as possible.

The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs will continue to monitor the federal budget situation and provide updates if/when they become available.  Specific questions may be directed to Ron Fleischmann, Director of Sponsored Research and Programs (

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