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Office of Sponsored Awards Management


Impact of Federal Government Shutdown

The Offices of Sponsored Awards Management (SAM) and Grant Funds Management (GFM) are monitoring the government shutdown and its impact on USC’s sponsored projects. We will provide additional information as it becomes available and is deemed relevant to investigators and the research community at-large.

During this shutdown, normal activities related to grant and contract administration will be interrupted at the affected agencies.   Here is what we know about the impact of this interruption.

Proposal Submissions:  Grants.gov and other electronic systems (e.g. Fastlane) will be maintained by the agencies so that proposals can be submitted. They will be held in the queue and processed after the shutdown is complete.  Proposal deadlines may be impacted.

New Awards: New awards and payments will be delayed until after the shutdown is over. Because payments occur on a reimbursement basis, this will have minimal impact in the short-term.

Routine Grants Administration:  For the impacted agencies, grant-related administrative activities will not occur during the shutdown.  

NSF is Closed:  Proposals may be submitted, but all other activities are suspended.

NIH is Open:  Operating as usual.

Closed for Business:

  • Department of State
  • Department of Treasury
  • Department of Justice
  • Most of the Department of the Interior
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Some Department of Health and Human Services agencies
  • Executive Office of the President
  • Most independent agencies (e.g. NSF and NASA)
  • Judicial Branch

 Open for Business:

  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Labor
  • Most of the Department of Health and Human Services (e.g. NIH and CDC)
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Some Department of the Interior agencies
  • Some independent agencies
  • Legislative Branch

 Please contact your SAM Administrator with specific questions, or if you receive any notifications related to the shutdown (e.g.  Stop Work Order). 

 4 January 2019