Resumption of Activities After Federal Government Shutdown
NIH Guidance On Services Available - updated 11-8-13
NIH Notice NOT-OD-14-019 states that the NIH is pleased to inform the community that they have been able to reschedule the peer review of applications that were originally due for review during or immediately following the lapse in appropriations in October 2013 such that those applications will still go to the January Council.
NIH Notice NOT-OD-14-014 provides additional clarification on resumption of NIH extramural activities. Please review carefully. The clarifications include:
- All standard due dates in October have been rescheduled for November. The R21/R33 activity code was inadvertently missed in prior guidance. New R21/R33 applications originally due on October 16, 2013 are now due on November 18, 2013.
- The statement 'Make the refreshed application a "new", "resubmission" or "renewal" to match the withdrawn application.' should have also included "revision".
- Applicants should designate 'Changed/Corrected Application' as the Type of Submission on the SF424 R&R cover form of their refreshed applications.
NIH Notice NOT-OD-14-007 contains updated information on revised due dates for applications that were due during the government shutdown along with other pertinent information including rescheduling of peer review meetings. This notice supersedes NOT-OD-14-003. We suggest you review the updated notice carefully.
New information includes:
- NIH will work to reschedule most of the 200+ missed peer review meetings so that most applications can be considered at January 2014 Council meetings.
- As tight time frames for review meetings present scheduling complexities, the full complement of applications may not be able to be reviewed in this January round. Some applications will be re-assigned to the May 2014 Advisory Council. The PI and the Signing Official will receive notice that the proposal is being re-assigned during the week of November 4th. Those applications that are re-assigned have specific requirements that need to be managed. Please see the NIH Notice for the details.
Standard Due Dates
R01s, U01s (new) with original due dates of October 5th are now due on November 12th
K's (new) with original dues dates of October 12th are now due on November 12th
R03s. R21s, R34s, R36s (new) with original due dates of October 16th are now due on November 18th
R15's (all) with original due dates of October 25th are now due on November 18th
Special Due Dates
Various RFAs, PARs, PAs with due dates not listed above are now due on November 1st. There are exceptions to this list as well. Please review the announcement in its entirety for complete information.
November grant application due dates will not change (with the exception of the Loan Repayment program deadline).
Grants.gov will continue to accept applications for funding opportunity announcements with October closing dates, even if those dates have passed.
The notice also includes information regarding:
- Applications that were submitted since October 1st have been processed by the NIH
- Replacing an application that was submitted for an October due date
- Rescheduling peer review meetings
- Opportunity to "refresh" applications that are reassigned to May 2014 Council
- Early Stage Investigator eligibility
- K99/R00 eligibility
- Payment management system
- Award actions
- Financial operations under a continuing resolution
For xTrain users , there will also be some notifications coming your way. Automatic routing of appointments and terminations will have occurred on the normal schedules during the shutdown. This means that investigators, trainees and sponsor who would normally review these notifications may have missed them. They will have been automatically routed to the Business Official (BO). The BO can process them normally or re-route them back to the appropriate person for review. See the xTrain User Guide for more information.
NSF Guidance on Resumption Activities - updated 10-22-13
The NSF has posted a separate webpage with information regarding their plans for resumption of activities post federal government shutdown. We recommend you review this website in it's entirety and check it frequently in the near term to remain informed on their progress back to normalcy.
These plans include:
Revised deadline dates are posted.
The new deadline for the DDIG in Biology is 6 November, 2013. Please be sure to use the current DDIG solicitation NSF 13-568. Only two divisions within the Biology Directorate accept DDIGs- Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) and the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB). In IOS, only Animal Behavior, accepts DDIG proposals. NO other clusters or programs participate. Proposals in other areas of IOS science will be returned without review. Please note that the DDIG does NOT use the Excel based COI template that is used for the regular preliminary proposals but follows the GPG (NSF 13-1).
NSF Fastlane is available for proposal preparation and submission.
New Funding Opportunities will be issued based on schedules that will be determined by cognizant NSF Directorates.
Impact on Existing Deadlines for all funding opportunities with deadlines or target dates occurring between October 1st and 25th will be revised. See webpage for new dates.
Proposal review panels that were cancelled due to the shutdown will be rescheduled. Ad hoc reviews can now be submitted via Fastlane Proposal Review function.
Proposal processing time is expected to take longer than the standard six months.
Issuance of new grants and agreements as well as continuing grant increments will resume as soon as possible.
Project reports should be submitted via Research.gov as soon as possible,
All other requests, i.e. no cost extensions, award transfers, etc. should be submitted as soon as the submitter is ready to do so.
An article was posted on Sciencemag.org entitled, NSF Asks Scientists To Give It Time To Regroup After Shutdown". This article urges scientists not to contact their program officers until the agency has had time to catch up on the backlog created by the shutdown. It includes an internal NSF memo from Acting Director Cora Marrett to the NSF staff that asks staffers to refrain from responding to PI calls and emails and to "pre-emptively communicate expectations" with the research community.