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What guidance has the federal government provided regarding funding and grants?

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  • On March 9, 2020, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) produced a memo directing Federal agencies to support research and services that are deemed necessary to carry out emergency response related to COVID-19.
  • On March 12, 2020, the NIH issued a memo stating that grant “flexibilities are applicable to NIH applicants and recipients where the entity is conducting research activities related to or affected by COFID-19. Affected entities are those that have been closed, or business activities have been hindered due to COVID19 precautionary measures and/or illness.”
  • OMB also reminded agencies of their existing flexibility to issue exceptions on a case-by-case basis, and will evaluate if these flexibilities should be extended to researchers or other recipients whose operations have been adversely impacted by the response to COVID-19. This guidance may come at a later date.
  • Contact your OSR Officer or RMG RPM regarding further guidance.