UPDATE (10:23 a.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2019): Because of the temporary reopening of the federal government, this Website is not currently being updated. To learn about updates provided by funding agencies to the University as they come back online, visit the Division of Sponsored Programs Government Shutdown Guidance page


Despite the short-term agreement to end the shutdown through February 15, 2019, OVPR continues to monitor the situation closely.

You can read about agency shutdown contingency plans on the White House Office of Management and Budget website.

Questions related to specific projects can be directed to your Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) contact, who you can find on the DSP Research Tracker, or to dsp@uiowa.edu

For guidance received by the Division of Sponsored Programs related to the shutdown, please see this page.

General questions or concerns may be directed to the DSP Help Desk at dsp@uiowa.edu or 335-2123, or to DSP Executive Director Wendy Beaver at wendy-beaver@uiowa.edu or 319-335-2122

FAQs

What’s the current situation at the University of Iowa?

Most of the University of Iowa’s federal funding for research comes from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), which includes the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  DHHS is fully funded for this fiscal year and will be minimally impacted by the shutdown.

Agencies whose funding wasn’t approved prior to the shutdown include the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Transportation, Department of Justice, the Department of Commerce, the Department of State, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Proposal Submissions are continuing based on the sponsors’ posted deadlines. Most deadlines have not been extended. Check the funding announcement or sponsor’s web page to confirm deadline dates. Proposal review by agencies under partial shutdown will likely be delayed, but most deadlines and submissions are not delayed.

Project Reports required by the sponsor should still be submitted on or before the due date in order to remain in compliance with sponsor requirements.

What’s the most immediate impact of the shutdown on UI research?

Most funded projects are authorized to continue spending within the amount of available funding allotted to the project and within the period covered by the allotted funding, provided sponsor approval is not required for actions. Sponsor agency personnel are generally not available for actions requiring sponsor approval. Likewise, new awards, additional funding notices or other modifications generally will not be issued during the shutdown.

If you receive a stop-work order or other award related communications on a project, please forward those to DSP at dsp@uiowa.edu

For NASA funded projects:

  • If your project requires access to a NASA facility or participation from NASA personnel, the facility will not be available for the performance of such work and most personnel are not available. Contact DSP at dsp@uiowa.edu with questions. 
  • If your project does not require access to NASA facilities or personnel, you are to continue to perform the research as long as you have available funding allotted and for the period covered by the allotment.  NASA is not obligated to reimburse the University for expenditure amounts in excess of the total funds allotted.The university is not authorized to continue performance beyond the period covered by allotted funding.

For Office of Justice Programs (OJP) funded projects:

  • If the partial government shutdown does continue, OJP has sufficient resources to remain operational through 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, March 1, 2019. This means that OJP staff will be available to assist grantees, stakeholders, and the public during this period. Likewise, OJP systems and services will be available.  OJP award recipients should continue with your scheduled, federally-funded activities.
  • While OJP remains operational, grantee payment requests received through the Grants Payment Request System (GPRS) will be processed and submitted to Treasury for payment on a daily basis.
  • If OJP’s operational status changes, OJP will contact recipients regarding the impact on services and systems..

What would cause work to stop entirely?

Project expenditures equal the authorized funding or period of funding:  Expenditures are not authorized in excess of the total amount currently allotted to your project or past the end date authorized by the allotment.  

Federal agencies or pass-through entities may issue Stop-Work Orders for specific projects. If you receive a stop-work order, please forward it to DSP at dsp@uiowa.edu

Should researchers continue to work on their federal contracts and grants?

Yes, researchers should continue to work on their grants and contracts to the extent funding is currently authorized. 

Most funded projects are authorized to continue spending within the amount of available funding allotted to the project and within the period covered by the allotted funding, provided sponsor approval is not required for actions. Sponsor-agency personnel are generally not available for actions requiring sponsor approval. If you receive a stop-work order or other award related communications on a project, please forward those to DSP at dsp@uiowa.edu

Spending on awards in excess of authorized amounts should be carefully considered. Federal agencies are not obligated to reimburse expenditures for amounts in excess of the total funds authorized, and the PI and their department is responsible for any unreimbursed expenditures.

Faculty should keep in close touch with their DSP project contact (found via Research Tracker) and check this page for the latest information.

I’m a student working in a research lab. How will the shutdown affect me?

We encourage you to stay in touch with your PI or lab administrator.