Federal Government Shutdown

As the partial government shutdown has continued into 2019, Federal agencies such as NSF, NASA, NOAA, USDA, NIST, and NEH are not funded. Agency Contingency Plans and FAQs can be found on the OMB website:

As of February 14, 2019, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that the revised NSF PAPP Guide (NSF 19-1) will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 25, 2019. While this version of the PAPP Guide becomes effective on February 25, 2019, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPP Guide (NSF 18-1) continue to apply. Additional information can be found at: https://nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/postshutdown.jsp.

NSF has also released updated Research Terms and Conditions (RTC) Agency Specific Requirements, an outline of the significant changes along with an updated prior approval matrix as of December 10, 2018, and this information can be found at: https://www.nsf.gov/awards/managing/rtc.jsp.

Congress has previously passed funding bills for the Department of Education, the Department of Health & Human Services (which funds NIH grants), and science grants for the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy.

Unless URA receives a Stop Work Order or other such notice from a specific Federal agency, grant and contract work previously authorized by Federal sponsors should continue without interruption. Should our office receive a Stop Work Order impacted Investigators and appropriate departmental grant administrators will be notified immediately. 

In terms of Federal agency activities, no new awards will be issued during the shutdown. Spending on awards impacted should be monitored as anticipated funding or incremental funding not yet authorized or received is at risk and expenditures should be considered with great care. Note that most Federal agency personnel, including program officers, grants specialists, and policy office administrators will not be available for approvals, questions, or other administrative functions during the shutdown.

For proposal submissions, NSF will continue to accept proposals in accordance with published deadlines; however, proposals will be stored in Fastlane, Research.gov and/or Grants.gov and will not be processed further until the shutdown has ended.

URA will monitor specific agency guidance and post to our website as it is made available.

URA Mission Statement

University Research Administration provides guidance and support for research funding and compliance to promote the mission of The University of Chicago.

Research Administration at the University of Chicago

University Research Administration provides oversight and support for all sponsored projects at the University of Chicago through the Office for Research and National Laboratories.  Under the direction of Michael R. Ludwig, Associate Vice President for Research Administration, URA provides support in the areas of sponsored programs, research compliance, and eRA, Training, and Analytics. Support includes:

  • Proposal preparation support, review, and institutional endorsement
  • Review, negotiation, and acceptance of sponsored awards
  • Information and interpretation of sponsor and University policies and regulations to assist with account management
  • Conflict of interest/conflict of commitment compliance and monitoring
  • Financial account creation, management, and reporting
  • Accounts receivable and cash management
  • Data and analytic support services