Partial Government Shutdown: Research Guidance

December 22, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

As many of you already know, the partial shutdown of the federal government went into effect at midnight last night.  The shutdown primarily affects those agencies that have not been funded through the end of federal fiscal year (FFY) 2019, including NSF, NASA and EPA and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, State and Transportation.  With the exception of the NSF, the affected agencies have not yet issued guidance on how the shutdown will impact their grant and contract operations.  Limited information from NSF can be found at Information About the Government Shutdown for NSF Proposers and Grantees.

Agencies that were funded through the end of FFY 2019 will generally not be affected by the shutdown.  This includes, but is not limited to, the following agencies within the Departments of Health and Human Services: NIH, CDC, CMS, HRSA, SAMHSA and AHRQ, in addition to the Departments of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

SPA will keep you informed as we receive additional guidance.  We plan to circulate a more detailed analysis of the effects of the shutdown on our primary funding agencies in the very near future.

Should you have any immediate and specific questions, please contact your SPA Project Officer or email CUIMC SPA at [email protected] or Morningside SPA at MS-grants-offi[email protected].


Rudi Odeh-Ramadan, PharmD

Vice President for Research Administration

Columbia University


December 22, 2018