Government Shutdown Information - December 2018

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:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Commerce (NOAA, NIST, etc.)
  • Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of State
  • Department of Treasury 
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Justice
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Endowment for the Humanities

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 here.
  • 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: