The National Science Foundation released guidance for grantees about contract-related issues and systems issues that may arise in the event of a government shutdown, with the following letter.
The attached document addresses the various assistance and contract-related policy and systems issues that may arise in the event of a shutdown of the Federal Government. NSF is providing this information as a service to our proposer and awardee communities in the hopes that it will address most of the questions you may have during this time period.
If the government does shutdown on Tuesday, October 1, the NSF website including FastLane and Research.gov will be unavailable. We are therefore requesting that you disseminate this guidance as broadly as possible to ensure your colleagues are aware of the impact of a government shutdown on NSF proposals, awards and contracts.
Please be aware that, except as noted, NSF will not be available to respond to emails or phone calls during the shutdown, but will respond to your inquiries as soon as practicable after normal operations have resumed. We also will issue follow-on guidance once the Federal Government resumes normal operations.
Head, Policy Office
Division of Institution & Award Support
National Science Foundation
September 26, 2013
As part of the shutdown activity, a notice will be sent to the National Science Foundation’s off‐site awardees informing them that work may continue on all awards to the extent that doing so will not require federal staff intervention and that funds are available. The notice will inform awardees that no payments will be made during the funding hiatus.