Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Division of Sponsored Programs at The University of Iowa is committed to keeping faculty, students, and staff updated on matters related to sponsored projects and how those are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Please visit this page as needed for updates and information on the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and how it may impact sponsored projects at The University of Iowa.



Click on the relevant topic below for further guidance, or simply scroll down the page.


Federal Agency Guidance

NIH: Extended Guidance for Applicants Preparing Applications During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) is maintaining a frequently updated page that includes Agency Responses to COVID-19 and Additional Resources, providing frequently updated links from several federal agencies that relate to sponsored projects, including NIH, NSF, NASA, DOE, OMB, and many other agencies.

The Council on Government Relations (COGR) has prepared a matrix of federal agency responses to COVID-19 impacts on sponsored research and projects.

Videos from Mike Lauer, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, discussing resources for applicants and grantees:

Office of Justice Programs (part of the Department of Justice) -- Guidance to Award Recipients Impacted by COVID-19: Short Term Relief for Various Administrative, Financial Management, and Audit Requirements

Office on Violence Against Women (part of the Department of Justice)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Information on NEH and COVID-19 (March 16, 2020)

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

National Science Foundation (NSF) updates on the S-STEM program for current awardees and applicants (March 25, 2020)

Townhall Meeting, March 20, 2020

NASA SMD Grants - COVID Salary Flexibility Extension (October 1, 2020)

STScI (Space Telescope Science Institute) and NASA will delay the proposal deadline for JWST (James Webb Space Telescope) Cycle 1 GO proposals to no earlier than May 27, 2020. An update on the schedule will be provided on April 15, 2020. 

Department of Education Fact Sheet for fiscal questions (April 8, 2020)

Institute of Education Sciences (IES; part of the Department of Education) FAQs for Grantees

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) - FAQs about fiscal management in the COVID-19 environment

NOAA Health and Safe Information for Financial Assistance Recipients

USGS Additional administrative relief for U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) applicants and recipients affected by COVID-19

Non-Federal Sponsor Guidance

For a webpage list of several non-federal sponsor responses to COVID-19, click on this link to the COGR page, then click on link for "COVID Guidance Summaries - Non-Federal Sponsors"

Contract-funded Projects

If your research or other work is funded by a contract (rather than a grant) and you have COVID-19 related changes that will impact contract milestones, deliverables, or other changes to the scope of work, please contact DSP ( regarding sponsor notice requirements.  Obligations to notify the sponsor depend on the specific contract terms.  DSP will work with you to determine the appropriate notices and to answer your related questions.

Research Ramp-up and FAQs

Research-related ramp-up guidance (link has been removed) for University of Iowa research PIs, staff, and administrators (June 1, 2020)

Research-related FAQs for Research Ramp-down

Research-related FAQs for ramping down research for University of Iowa research PIs, staff, and administrators (March 18, 2020)

Campus Coronavirus Updates

The University has prepared a web page to keep its students, faculty, and staff up to date. In order to get the latest information and FAQs regarding the university's preparation and response to COVID-19, visit the page regularly.

Research Update for Fall/Winter 2020: As COVID-19 cases rise again this fall, the Office of the Vice President for Research reminds investigators and research staff to continue monitoring the health and safety of employees, colleagues, and human subjects. For more, click here.