Recent news of President Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2020 has been of great concern to the University of Tennessee research community. The White House recently released a 150-page overview of the president’s budget request. This is the first step in a long process to approve a federal budget. The House and Senate must pass budget resolutions, send it to appropriation committees, vote on those resolutions, and then the president must sign each appropriation for the budget to become law. Ideally, this last step is approved by October 1. Continue reading
Preparing for a Partial Federal Government Shutdown
As you may already know, the United States government is facing a partial shutdown this weekend. In September, Congress passed and President Trump signed a spending bill that will fund 75 percent of government agencies through September 2019. However, several agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, are at risk of running out of funds.
The Office of Research and Engagement has been closely following the situation. As of Friday morning, December 21, President Trump has stated that he will not sign a proposed stopgap spending bill that would fund the affected agencies through February 8. The previous spending bill funds the government through 11:59 p.m. today (December 21).
Government Shutdown: Memo from the AVCR and Director of Sponsored Programs
The Office of Research and Engagement has been monitoring activities in Washington, DC in case of a potential government shutdown. As of Friday morning, December 21, President Trump has stated that he will not sign a proposed stop-gap spending bill that would fund the affected agencies through February 8.
We will continue to maintain the Federal Budget Outlook website (research.utk.edu/budget-outlook) over the winter break and post new information as it becomes available. We will also disseminate information through a variety of other mechanisms, including the ORE social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter) and Catalyst newsletter.
ORE to Host Information Sessions for Researchers Seeking Surplus Federal Agency Funding
The Office of Research and Engagement has scheduled three informational sessions for research faculty who are interested in applying for the surplus of federal agency funding created by the passing of the Fiscal Year 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act (omnibus spending bill). These sessions will cover details about opportunities for funded research that exist due to this bill and some agency-specific information.
The three main topics that will be covered in each session are:
- Submitting new proposals
- How to reenergize proposals for resubmission
- Applying for one-time end of year funds
Each hour-long session will be held in Room 113 of Blount Hall. Continue reading