Funding appropriations for most federal agencies are set to expire at midnight on Sept. 30. If Congress does not pass new spending legislation, a federal shutdown will occur effective Oct. 1.
Friday, September 22, 2023

Our team is monitoring the situation closely, and will post updates to as the situation evolves.

If a full or partial shutdown does occur, several aspects of the University of Iowa research enterprise may be impacted, including:

  • Proposal submissions: The Division of Sponsored Programs will continue to submit proposals to federal sponsors to the extent proposal submission systems are operable.

  • New awards: A government shutdown will likely create delays in proposal reviews and/or subsequent award announcements. Past government shutdowns have led to significant delays due to backlog of work at federal agencies and the difficulty of rescheduling review panels once the government reopens.

  • Existing awards: We anticipate investigators may continue to spend on active awards during the shutdown. Over the next week, we will monitor updates from the federal agencies closely.

  • Communications with federal sponsors: Investigators should consider plans to ensure their research is able to continue/pause with minimal disruptions until the conclusion of a shutdown. Any prior approval requests (no-cost extension, change in scope, change in senior key personnel, etc.) should be submitted prior to September 30. Investigators exploring or applying to new federal funding opportunities who have questions about programs of interest should communicate with program officers as soon as possible, and ahead of Sept. 30. Program officers will be unable to schedule meetings or respond to questions about grant programs if the government shuts down.