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Understanding the Impact of a Federal Government Shutdown on Sponsored Projects

The university is monitoring the potential shutdown of the federal government beginning 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, October 1, 2023. We have been communicating with federal agencies and organizations like COGR and APLU to identify potential impacts on federally funded projects.

We anticipate that a federal government shutdown of less than six weeks will have a modest impact on our university community. While federal websites and federal officials may be unavailable, work on existing sponsored projects at UT should continue.

Please navigate to ORIED’s Federal Shutdown Preparation page today for more on what you need to know and how to prepare for the shutdown. We will update this page with the latest news, guidance, and resources as we receive them, and will share significant updates on social media and through other targeted messaging.

At this time, the Division of Research Administration will maintain normal operations. Proposals will be submitted, awards will be processed, and funds will be drawn to the extent that federal sponsors’ pathways for supporting those actions remain available. Absent updates from federal agencies to the contrary, principal investigators should continue to prepare proposals, submit on or before currently published deadlines, and meet award deliverables.

We know that the members of our community work hard to earn federal awards, and that this funding is essential to your research, education and service goals. If you should need additional help or guidance with navigating the consequences of the shutdown, please don’t hesitate to contact Jennifer Webster, ORIED chief of staff, at or 865-974-2044.





Deborah L. Crawford, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Research