Research Agency Response

Agency changes to existing opportunities and awards in response to COVID-19. 

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19’s Impact on Federal Awards


NSF Coronavirus Information

NSF, Impact on Existing Deadline Dates

Spring 2020 Grants Conference Canceled, The health and safety of the research community and NSF staff are of paramount importance. Due to the ongoing and growing threat posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the National Science Foundation (NSF) has canceled the NSF Grants Conference that was scheduled to be held in Minneapolis, MN on May 18-19, 2020. We are currently exploring virtual conference opportunities."


NIH Guidance for Applicants and Recipients

UPDATE: NIH Late Application Policy Due to Public Health Emergency for United States for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), NOT-OD-20-091, "We anticipate, but cannot guarantee, that all grant applications submitted late for due dates between March 9, 2020, and May 1, 2020, will be accepted through May 1, 2020." Applicants should assume that late applications submitted after May 1 may not be reviewed until meetings for the January 2021 council round (e.g., October-November 2020).

NIH-Fogarty International Center Coronavirus research resources, tracking and data sharing.

Per email "NIH Update: COVID-19 Flexibilities for Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding" March 17, 2020

  • Canceled – NIH Regional Seminar in Baltimore (4/20-4/22)

  • Postponed – 21st Annual HHS Small Business Program Conference (4/28-4/30)

  • Extended, Date TBD – Deadline for Feedback on NIH Strategic Plan (4/1)


DOD, Research Directorate, Frequently Asked Questions for DOD Research Proposers and Awardees Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

USAMRAA's COVID-19 FAQs for Grant Recipients


Policy Flash Updates, comprehensive guidance responding to the COVID-19 epidemic among other announcements.

COVID-19 Attachment 2: DOE-NNSA Implementation of OMB Memorandum M-20-17, providing DOE specific clarification for deadlines, no cost extensions, flexibilities of costs, waivers, and extensions. 

Department of Energy (DOE) Accommodating Interruptions from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Memorandum for applicants and awardees


UC Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives Request for Proposals, "Given disruptions to campus operations, including to both research and education, we are extending the LOI submission deadline." Letters of Intent are due Thursday, May, 14, 2020 at noon and invited proposals are due Thursday, August 6, 2020 at  noon PDT.

UC, Research Grants Program Office (RGPO), per email "An important message to our colleagues regarding the COVID-19 pandemic" March 23, 2020 

  • Progress and fiscal reports that are due within the next four months (on or before August 1, 2020) will receive an automatic deadline extension of one month.

  • As per current RGPO policy, all grants are eligible to receive an automatically-approved three-month no cost time extension at the conclusion of their project period.

  • As per current RGPO policy, carryforward of up to 25% is allowable without approval.

  • For required research protocol changes, please contact your Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), or other research regulatory bodies for approval, and then submit that approval to the RGPO funding program. Notification to our office of any assurance approvals or renewals due in the next four months (on or before August 1, 2020) will receive an automatic 30-day deadline extension.

  • If you need to reduce the scope of your research plan, please contact the Program Officer assigned to your grant.

  • If you need additional time extensions, or have questions, please contact us at:

UC, CITRIS Seed Funding, Updated Deadline: Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 5:00 PM

UCOP, Research Policy Analysis and Coordination

UCOP, Federal Agency Resources

UCOP, Charging grants and contracts costs to Federal sponsored awards during COVID-19

UCOP, COVID-19-Related Leave for Academic Appointees: Guidance for Supervisors

UC COVID-19 Research, news and updates from across UC's research expertise.

RPGO Grants, COVID-19 Communication to Grantees, updates on progress report, no cost extensions, carryforwards, modification of scope, salaries, appropriate costs, and indirect costs amid the COVID-19 health emergency.

UC Interim CFO Paul Jenny, per email "Update on State of California Agency Indirect Cost Recovery" email April 15, 2020, directed UC to to delay the 5% IDC rate escalation for state-funded on-campus projects for one year. That is, the rate escalation from 30% MTDC that was originally scheduled to occur on July 1, 2020 will now occur on July 1, 2021.

Other Agencies

White House, M-20-20, Repurposing Existing Federal Financial Assistance Programs and Awards to Support the Emergency Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). "As an example of this flexibility, agencies may allow recipients to donate medical equipment (including, but not limited to, personal protective equipment, medical devices, medicines, and other medical supplies) purchased with Federal assistance funds to hospitals, medical centers, and other local entities serving the public for COVID-19 response."

White House, M-20-17, Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations

White House, M-20-11, Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

NASA Coronavirus Response Information

NOAA, Health and Safety Information for Financial Assistance Recipients during COVID-19

NIFA, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources For Partners & Deadline Extensions due to COVID-19

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), COVID-19 FAQ Q/A for applicants and awardees.

Ford Foundation, A Message of Support for Our Grantees General policy reiteration, near term flexibility, and response priorities.

Packard Foundation, A Message to Our Grantee Partners on the Foundation’s COVID-19 Grantmaking Response

WHO, Research & Development Blueprint

WHO, COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

STScI-NASA-ESA-CSA, JWST Cycle 1 Deadline Has Been Delayed, the decision to delay the proposal deadline for JWST Cycle 1 General Observer (GO) proposals to no earlier than May 27, 2020. We are continuing to monitor the situation, and will provide an update on the schedule on April 15, 2020.

EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), European COVID-19 Data Platform for data/information exchange. The goal is to collect and share rapidly available research data to enable synergies, cross-fertilisation and use of diverse data sets with different degrees of aggregation, validation and/or completeness.

HHMI News Foldit, Citizen Scientists Are Helping Researchers Design New Drugs to Combat COVID-19

COVID-19 Citizen Science, UCSF Drs. Greg Marcus,  Mark Pletcher and Jeffrey Olgin are using their Eureka Mobile Research Platform—an NIH funded digital research platform—to launch a world-wide study to track COVID-19 symptoms, infections, risk factors and behaviors that might impact spread.