Government Shutdown Information - December 2018

Update January 26, 2019 - REUTERS - Backing down, Trump agrees to end shutdown without border wall money

A partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government went into effect on December 22, 2018.  The Office of Sponsored Programs is monitoring the situation and its impact on the MIT research community. Some government agencies, such as the Department of Health and Human Services, which includes NIH, are fully funded for this federal fiscal year and should be minimally impacted. Others, including NSF, NASA, and EPA have not yet been funded for the current fiscal year and have been required to shut down.

We expect the following sponsors will be impacted by the shutdown:
(Links updated on January 25, 2019.)

The following general guidance to MIT researchers and their AOs/FOs regarding what they should expect during this partial shutdown will be updated as new information becomes available:

  • NIH grant processes should continue normally, including the availability of NIH program and contract staff to provide grant management services.  
  • Agency-specific contingency plans are available at
  • Links to any known agency specific guidance or other related guidance can be found below.
  • Researchers with active funded federal awards may continue work during the shutdown unless the Principal Investigator (PI) or MIT receives a Stop Work Order. Please contact your Contract Administrator and forward any Stop Work Orders received.
  • Affected agencies may not have agency personnel available to assist with prior approvals, support or administrative actions. Changes to grant activities requiring agency approval may be delayed as a result.
  • Affected agencies may suspend the acceptance of new grant proposals and the issuance of new awards.

Please direct specific questions and work closely with your Contract Administrator at OSP during this government shutdown.

MIT Memos

Here are some sites and memos to reference:

January 25, 2019 - A notice has been posted concerning NSPIRES:

"If the partial federal shutdown extends past January 31, then NSPIRES will be unavailable due to a lack of funding. This will include all NSPIRES functionality and help desk support."  

There have been various tweets regarding this situation. Follow Thomas Zurbuchen at Twitter for more information.


More notices will be added as they are made available.