Agency Updates

Resumption of Operations at National Science Foundation

Resumption of Operations at NSF page has been developed that includes Important Notice No. 145, Resumption of Operations at the National Science Foundation, dated January 28, 2019, as well as supplemental guidance that addresses grant and cooperative agreement-related policy and systems issues.  This page will continue to be updated as new information becomes available. 

Federal Shutdown Information - Beginning Dec 22, 2018; end 1/26/19 with 3 week temporary funding

The following agencies are affected by the shutdown (as of noon January 2, 2019):

  • Department of Homeland Security 
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of Commerce (including Census Bureau)
  • Federal Communication Commission
  • Coast Guard
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Department of Interior
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Treasury
  • The Executive Office of the President (including OMB - Office of Managment and Budget)
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • NASA
  • National Endowment for the Arts (updated 1/4/19)

Additional agencies and/or services may be closed or experiencing delays as the shutdown continues.  At this time, the grants.gov system for submitting federal grant proposals is active.  Individual agencies may not be reviewing proposals until after the shutdown concludes.  NSF's fastlane system and research.gov are currently available, however NSF has published additional information related to the shutdown.

Department of Health and Human Services (National Institutes of Health), Department of Education, Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs. Department of Labor, and Department of Energy are not affected by the shutdown.

More Information, compiled by the University of Minnesota, is available at https://research.umn.edu/units/spa/shutdown-information/guidance-federal-agencies

Please visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/information-for-agencies/agency-contingency-plans/  to see contingency plans for agencies across the Federal Government.  This page will be updated as plans are posted or changed.

Uniform Guidance -- Last Update 11/4/2013

The Office of Sponsored Programs stays abreast of federal guideline changes pertinent to the expenditure of grant funds as well as changes to applications for competitively awarded federal grant funds.  The most recent development is the consolidation of all cost circulars that govern the expenditure of federal grant funds into one guide called the "Uniform Guidance."  It becomes effective December 26th of 2014.

By way of background, in 2013, the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued final guidance on administrative requirements, cost principles and audit requirements for federal awards (which includes research grant awards). Per the OMB website this guidance "will supersede requirements from OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A-110 and A-122 (which have been placed in 2 C.F.R. Parts 220, 225, 215 and 230); Circulars A-89, A-102 and A-133; and the guidance in Circular A-50 on Single Audit Act follow-up."

The announcement in the Federal Register, Volume 78, Number 248, on December 26, 2013 includes a long preamble that describes the objectives of OMB and the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR), the background surrounding the guidance and the major reforms. The actual text of the guidance as codified in 2 CFR Part 200 follows the preamble.

Uniform Guidance