What is the impact on proposal deadlines and award actions/subawards?

Most of our federal sponsors have released guidance regarding application deadline extensions:

  • NIH: The NIH is allowing delayed submissions as outlined in NOT-OD-20-091. Applicants do not need to request prior approval for late submissions and a cover letter providing a justification is not required. The pre-award offices do not need to review late submission justifications that fall under this NOT. Please put the ORIGINAL due date in SPS for the “agency due date”, and enter the late submission target date in the “department needs by” field.
  • NSF: The NSF has provided a list of application deadline extensions. Deadlines for opportunities not listed remain unchanged. If an applicant is unable to meet the deadline listed, they should coordinate with the appropriate program officer. Extensions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 
  • DOD: DOD is encouraging all program officers to use maximum flexibility in the submission of applications, providing they still maintain sufficient ability to review all applications and complete the project within the timeframe necessary. Contact program officers for specific funding opportunity notices.

If federal agencies officially close, submitted proposals will most likely remain in a queue and awards may be delayed, pending resumption of normal operations – as has been the case during federal budget-related shutdowns.  Updates will be posted here as more information is available. 

Please refer to the Agency-Specific COVID-19 Updates for additional sponsor information.