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NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution

The National Institutes of Health is operating under a continuing resolution through January 18, 2014. In the announcement of this continuing resolution, the NIH has also included information about an adjustment to the salary cap for all grant awards. Sponsored Programs Administration recommends that you begin to use the new cap amount, $181,500, immediately for all NIH proposals. Link to the text of the announcement: Not-OD-14-043


Guidance on Resumption of NIH Extramural Activities

The NIH has reevaluated its plans for rescheduling initial peer review meetings that were cancelled due to the government shutdown.

NIH now plans to reschedule most of the missed peer review meetings within the Cycle II timeframe so applications submitted May-August 2013 can be considered at the January 2014 Council meetings. This reverses the earlier decision to delay reviews to Cycle III.

Details are posted in NIH Notice NOT-OD-14-007, which supercedes Notice NOT-OD-14-003 that was summarized in this attachment.

For clarification, please contact your SPAdmin Grants and Contracts Specialist or call 9-7456.

Federal Government Shutdown

The Government Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 ended on September 30, 2013 at midnight EST and an Appropriation Act for FY2014 has not been passed leading to a lapse in Federal funding. Read more about how UNMC may be impacted.

If you are planning to submit a federal grant application for an October deadline

Issues impacting NIH funded researchers summarized from NIH Notice Number NOT-OD-13-126:

  • Contact with NIH Staff.  There will be no access to voice mail, e-mail, fax, or postal mail during this period
  • Submission of Grant Applications.  For the duration of the funding lapse, applicants are strongly encouraged not to submit paper or electronic grant applications to the NIH. 
  • Peer Review and Council Meetings.  NIH will not conduct initial peer review meetings or conduct Advisory Council review meetings during the lapse. 
  • eRA Commons.  eRA Commons will be unavailable during the lapse.  Submissions and progress reports cannot be accepted.
  • Awarded Grants.  No NIH awards will be processed for the duration of the funding lapse. 
  • No-Cost Extension.  No Cost Extensions cannot be submitted electronically during the lapse, grants due to expire that plan to be given a no-cost extension, will require a paper notification to the IC after operations resume.
  • HHS Payment Management System.  HHD PMS will remain open but no federal staff will be available to assist.  Grants on a reimbursement basis or other restricted funds cannot be processed during the lapse.
  • Animal Welfare.  No activities associated with the OLAW mission will continue during the funding lapse.  OLAW will extend reporting deadlines for all activities to compensate for the period of the lapse. 


Sequestration Information

March 1, 2013, federal executive departments and agencies received a presidential memorandum informing them that the President had issued a sequestration order in accordance with section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act as amended (BBEDCA), 2 USC 901a.  The order requires that budgetary resources in each non-exempt budget account be reduced by the amount calculated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in its report to Congress of March 1, 2013, entitled OMB Report to the Congress on the Joint Committee Sequestration for Fiscal Year 2013 (sequestration report).

How the sequester will be applied to individual awards by federal funding agencies is not known.  Links to sequestration statements from relevant agencies has been provided below and will be updated as information becomes available.

Agency Specific Sequestration Information

Society of Research Administrators (SRA)

Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

Congressional Research Service

National Institutes of Health

National Science Foundation

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Energy

Health Resources and Services Administration

Indian Health Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention