Do you feel like your grant has disappeared into the land of limbo?
Wondering what effect the government shutdown is having on the grant management activities?
Here are 7 ways the partial closure of the Federal government is impacting the grants community:
#1 Scientific Research back to the Dark Ages?
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has ground to a halt with 95% of NSF employees furloughed.
Several reports say that no new scientific grants are being issued during this time.
#2 Good Luck Finding a Program Officer
With so many research-driven agencies furloughing support staff, Program Officers are missing program reviews, conferences. (And let’s not forget if they aren’t there, they can’t review grant submissions.)
#3 Grants.gov Has Reduced Staff
If you planning to apply for a new grant, or even need a grant extension, be forewarned that grant websites like Grants.gov may be operational, but they are running with reduced support staff.
#4 Anemic Support for National Institute of Health Grants
In addition to furloughing employees, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have disrupted, postponed or eliminated some of their clinical trials and research studies.
#5 This Database is Closed
With the Federal shutdown, access to Government databases for research grants has been limited.
This means that organizations relying on this data for their research grants are “dead in the water.”
#6 Don’t Shoot for the Moon!
Hope you aren’t planning for space flight!
- 97% of NASA Employees are grounded during the shutdown.
NASA is supporting personnel on the International Space Station, but not much else.
#7 Forget the Penguins
Due to the limited season for research in Antarctica-supported trips may be put on hold or cancelled-if the funding issues are not resolved by mid-October.
For now, grantees are left wondering “When will it end?”
Unfortunately, that is hard to predict-especially when all discussions seem to center around short term “fixes.”
It looks like funding volatility is here to stay for the foreseeable future.
Lucy Morgan CPA, MBA
CEO, Compliance Warrior