COVID-19 Sponsor Specific Guidance

Research Administration Services is monitoring 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.

Federal contracting and program officers and some non-federal sponsors are also beginning to contact principal investigators to understand the impact on existing programs. 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 8/10/20

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies providing them with the flexibility to grant administrative relief to recipients of federal assistance awards “affected by the loss of operational capacity and increased costs due to the COVID-19 crisis” and a related memorandum addressing flexibility for federal contracts. OMB has also released a memorandum allowing repurposing of existing awards to support the COVID-19 crisis.

Federal agencies are in various stages of implementing the OMB guidance and the flexibilities vary by agency and in some cases program. We are monitoring carefully the situation, seeking clarity, and will provide additional guidance as it becomes available. 

Department of Defense – updated 8/10/20

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 8/10/20

National Institutes of Health (NIH) – updated 8/10/20

NOTE: NIH issues updates or guidance for specific programs almost daily. Please check the links below regularly for any new information.

National Science Foundation (NSF) – updated 8/10/20

Other Federal Agencies – updated 4/17/20


  • 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.

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