How Federal Budget Events May Affect Michigan State University Researchers

On Oct. 16, 2013, a continuing resolution provided funding to reopen the federal government

Message from MSU Sponsored Programs Administration:


Based on experience, it is likely that it will take several weeks before our federal partners fully recover from this 16-day furlough. Each agency will prioritize their work backlogs differently, and we in OSP and CGA will follow-up in submitting pending proposals, requests for amendments and extensions, etc. based on their guidance to be sure they are not misplaced during the restart.  

For additional updates: Please regularly visit this Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies (VPRGS) website ( for new information. We will also share significant updates through the OSP/CGA newsletters.

For questions related to the reopening and its effect on the administration of sponsored programs at MSU, please feel free to contact the following individuals (all are in area code 517):

  • Proposal questions can be directed to Mike Litteral (884-4282), Craig O’Neill (884-4275) or Katie Cook (884-4237).
  • Questions relating to awards under negotiation should be directed to Gladys Raymond (884-4258) or Diane Cox (884-4243).
  • Post award transaction and award set-up questions can be directed to Kristy Smith (884-4247) or Stacy Salisbury (884-4252).
Twila Fisher Reighley
Assistant Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies
Office of Sponsored Programs

Background and federal agency operational plans during the shutdown here.

Reopening Information, by Federal Agency

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Message from Terrance Perry, Acting Chief Grants Management Officer: Due to the enactment of a continuing resolution, federal government operations have resumed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Procurement and Grants Office Grants Management Specialists (GMS) are available to assist with any grant or financial assistance needs. As always, if you have any questions, urgent needs, or need immediate assistance with your CDC grant, please do not hesitate to contact your supporting GMS.

Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) 

The COPS Agency Portal system is now fully operational; deadline extensions here

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Information on Assistance and Fellowship agreements has been released here. (10/21/13)

National Institutes of Health 

  • Additional Clarification on Resumption of NIH Extramural Activities Following the Recent Lapse in Appropriations (10/29/13)
  • eRA (Electronic Research Administration) Information: Scheduled Downtime for Upcoming Commons Release on Wed, Oct. 30 (10/28/13) Due to the government shutdown, eRA’s system-wide release that was scheduled for October 17-18 is being completed in stages. The initial steps will take place October 30-31. eRA Commons, ASSIST and IAR will be unavailable beginning at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday, Oct. 30 and will return to service by 7 a.m. ET Thursday, Oct. 31. Visit the eRA announcement page for the latest updates.
  • NIH has revised their guidance on key dates (NOT-OD-14-007 here.)
  • Guidance on Resumption of AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality) Extramural Activities Following the Recent Lapse in Appropriations (NOT-HS-14-001 here)

National Science Foundation

  • Revised Proposal Due Date ListingUpdated deadlines here for programs with due dates from Oct. 1-25, 2013. (10/22/13)
  • Division of Materials Research (10/24/13) - Due to the government shutdown, the window for submissions that normally would close October 31 - including Biomaterials, Ceramics, Condensed Matter and Materials Theory, Condensed Matter Physics, Electronic and Photonic Materials, Metals and Metallic Nanostructures, Polymers, Solid State and Materials Chemistry - has been extended to Wednesday November 13, 5 pm your local time. More at the NSF website.
  • Fastlane is currently available for proposal preparation and submission. See NSF document (Issued 10/18/13).