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Vice chancellor outlines impact of possible federal shutdown on UTK

Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement Taylor Eighmy has issued a memo outlining possible impacts of the pending shutdown of federal spending on the various programs sponsored at UT by federal agencies.

In the memo, Eighmy notes

  • Individual Agency Plans: The UTK Federal R&D Budget Outlook page is updated daily with agency plans.
  • Proposal Submittals: Generally speaking, Grants.gov will be maintained by the agencies so that grants can be submitted. They will be held in the queue and processed after the shutdown is complete.
  • New Awards: New awards are likely to be delayed until after the shutdown is over. As always, please be very cautious about spending funds before an award document is received. All expenditures must occur in the period of performance.
  • Routine Administration of Grants and Contracts by the Agencies: It is expected that requests for re-budgeting, no cost extensions, award continuations, and other action decisions may be significantly slowed down.
  • Access to Federal Facilities: It is also likely that federal facilities may not be available during this time. Faculty should inquire directly with those facilities.
  • Availability of Funds: Most agencies will continue to allow automatic drawdowns. We do not anticipate any impacts relative to fund availability as long as the shutdown is minimal (e.g., some have suggested minimal impacts if the shut down is less than two weeks).

Direct questions to Miriam Campo (mcampo@utk.edu, 865-974-2465).

Memo from the Vice Chancellor