January 30, 2018

Submit federal grant applications early in case of government shutdown

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There are two very important NIH grant deadlines—Feb. 12 and Feb. 16—to consider in case of another government shutdown. If Congress does not pass a spending bill by 12:01 a.m. Feb. 9, then a shutdown will occur, and the NIH and other federal entities may reschedule grant deadlines or elect to have proposals wait for the next cycle. A complete list of NIH standard receipt dates can be found here.

For the below NIH grant deadlines, the UAB Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) strongly encourages investigators to submit final grant applications to OSP for submission to NIH no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, before the possible shutdown occurs.

NIH grant applications

  • Feb. 12—K series - Research Career Development
  • Feb. 16—R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, U34, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3 - Other Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements

There is a possibility of delayed reviews and start dates as federal agencies will not take any actions on grant applications or awards during a shutdown. You can read more about how the 2013 government shutdown affected grant applications and the science community here and here. If you have any questions, please reach out your UAB OSP officer.