Federal Agencies Resume Operations

October 24, 2013

Due to the government shutdown from October 1-16, 2013, several agencies have extended deadlines. The following is a list of updates from government agencies.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH will be rescheduling all October grant application submission deadlines to the November time frames. The following notice is to inform the community that NIH has revised its approach to resuming operations after the government shutdown.

Interim Guidance on Resumption of NIH Extramural Activties.

This notice provides additional clarification to the guidance on resumption of NIH Extramural activities following the recent lapse in appropriations.

Clarification of NIH Extramural Activities.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Memo: Important Notice to Presidents of Universities and Colleges and heads of Other National Science Foundation Grantee Organizations.

Due to the Federal government shutdown submission dates for the following programs have been revised. New deadline dates are noted. Additional information can be found at the links provided.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology - October 25, 2013

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants - November 6, 2013

Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections - November 13, 2013


As you know, the government was shut down from 1 -16 October, 2013. The deadline for Doctoral Dissertation Improvement grants (DDIGs) in the Biological Sciences occurred during that time. The NSF Policy office assigned new dates to all the deadlines that occurred during the shutdown. The new deadline for the DDIG in Biology is 6 November, 2013.  Please be sure to use the current DDIG solicitation NSF 13-568. Only two divisions within the Biology Directorate accept DDIGs- Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) and the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB). In IOS, only our program, Animal Behavior, accepts DDIG proposals. NO other clusters or programs participate. Proposals in other areas of IOS science will be returned without review.  Please note that the DDIG does NOT use the Excel based COI template that is used for the regular preliminary proposals but follows the GPG (NSF 13-1).

You can find the complete list of rescheduled deadlines and more post-shutdown information as well as FAQs for the due date revision here: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/postshutdown.jsp