COVID-19 Sponsor Specific Guidance

Research Administration Services is continuing to monitor the guidance from federal agencies regarding how the COVID-19 response may impact proposals and awards. Links to current agency and other sponsor guidance can be found below. We encourage researchers to contact their program officers or other sponsor contacts with questions regarding their specific projects.

Please forward communications received to so that we can assist with providing a response.  

Links to Sponsor Specific Guidance

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) – updated 10/20/21

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued a number of memoranda providing guidance to federal funding agencies throughout the pandemic. Below are links to the key memoranda that have impacted, and continue to influence, individual agency responses. While some of these memoranda may be no longer in effect, we are maintaining links for reference. 

Department of Defense – updated 10/20/21

Department of Energy – updated 8/10/20

Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) – updated 4/22/20

  • Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) – OHRP Guidance on COVID-19 – regularly updated summary page with links to all HHS agency guidance related to human subjects research during COVID-19

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – updated 10/20/21

National Institutes of Health (NIH) – updated 10/20/21

National Science Foundation (NSF) – updated 10/20/21

Other Federal Agencies – updated 10/20/21


  • General guidance from the Office of Foundation Relations is to proactively communicate with your program officer or other contact regarding any significant impacts or expected impacts of COVID-19 on your funded project. Many foundations are pledging flexibility in dealing with the these. Please keep OFR in the loop on any communication with private foundations regarding COVID-19 impacts. OFR can be a resource to provide additional help navigating particularly complex or sensitive issues.
  • Contact:, or the individual Foundation Relations staff member you’ve already been working with.
  • Notify your RAS Contract Administrator regarding any agreed changes to scheduled grant activities for retention in the Institute’s grant file, and to implement any formal changes to grant terms, such as no-cost extension.

We will post updates and information from other agencies and sponsors as they become available.

Other Resources