Guidance for Investigators Regarding the Partial Government Shutdown


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Guidance for Investigators Regarding the Partial Government Shutdown

With the continuation of the partial government shutdown, which began on December 22, 2018, Stony Brook University investigators are reminded that only those agencies that did not receive FY2019 appropriations are affected.  These include: National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Homeland Security, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Agriculture, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Environmental Protection Agency (this list is not comprehensive, but names the affected federal funding agencies of primary interest to Stony Brook).  Investigators with active awards from affected federal sponsors should continue to work as normal.  Agency contingency plans are currently posted on the White House Office of Management and Budget website, which will be updated as additional plans become available. Although unlikely, if any investigator should receive a “Stop Work Order” or other correspondence from their federal sponsor, the Office of Sponsored Programs must be notified immediately. 

The federal agencies affected by the partial shutdown have limited operations, and investigators should not expect responses to questions posed to program managers or other agency representatives during the shutdown.  Web pages of affected agencies may not be updated with current information, including new funding opportunities and changes to proposal submission deadlines.  Furthermore, panel reviews are likely to be postponed, and no new grants or funding increments will be awarded.  Approvals for changes to awards, including no-cost extensions, are also expected to be delayed.

At the present time, a resolution to the current partial shutdown remains uncertain.  The Office of the Vice President for Research continues to monitor developments, and will update the status accordingly.  At this time, we anticipate that the shutdown will have no immediate impact on research activities for Stony Brook investigators with existing awards.  This assessment may change depending on the duration of the partial shutdown.  We are working closely with The Research Foundation for The SUNY to develop contingency plans if the shutdown continues for a prolonged period.

Investigators should continue to prepare research proposals, no-cost extension requests, and progress reports in accordance with the sponsor’s program guidelines and stated deadlines.  Continue to advise your Grants/Contracts Administrator in the Office of Sponsored Programs of planned submissions well in advance of deadlines.  They will advise you if an affected federal agency is continuing to accept proposals during the shutdown, even when the proposals may not be processed according to their normal timeline.  You are encouraged to continue with your plans to develop and submit proposals; the partial shutdown should not be considered a reason to delay new proposals.

We will update the information as federal agencies release further guidance.  Any questions should be directed to the Vice President for Research.

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