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Research/Sponsored Projects

Updated April 3, 2020

Federal Agency Guidance

Some federal agencies have released guidance on the submission and management of federal awards impacted by COVID-19. This will be updated as agencies release additional information.

US Department of Agriculture – NIFA

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Deadlines

Office of Management and Budget

Administrative relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by COVID-19

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

National Science Foundation


NSF’s coronavirus FAQ for proposers and awardees

RAPID Research on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Colleague Letter on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Dear Colleague Letter: Provisioning Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Further Research on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the NSF Dear Colleague Letter on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (NSF 20-052) - March 17, 2020

NSF Supporting Research to Address Coronavirus Disease blog

National Institutes of Health

NIH-Response page

COVID-19 Information for SAMHSA Discretionary Grant Recipients

Flexibilities Available to Applicants and Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance Affected by COVID-19 (3/12/2020)

General Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Proposal Submission and Award Management Related to COVID-19 (3/10/2020)

NIH LATE APPLICATION POLICY Due to Public Health Emergency for United States for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (3/10/2020)

NIH Funding Opportunities Specific to COVID-19

​​Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Availability of Administrative Supplements and Revision Supplements on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Department of Energy

DOE Response Letter

DOE Travel Guidance

DOE Tackling the Challenge of Coronavirus

Department of Defense

Air Force Office of Scientific Research:  Guidance for COVID-19 No Cost Extensions

Frequently Asked Questions for DOD Research Proposers and Awardees Impacted


National Endowment for the Arts

Challenge America April 9 application deadline canceled. Next opportunity July 9, 2020

Other Guidance

APLU-COVID-19 Response

COGR-FAQ COVID-19 Impact of Federal Awards

SD Board of Regents
Competitive Research Grant Program: Submission deadline extended to April 23, 2020

SDSU Wokini Challenge Grants
Application deadline extended to March 30, 2020

SDSU Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity Challenge Grant Program
In final stages of selection process.  Scheduled announcement of selected applications will be delayed.

SDSU Grant Writers’ seminar How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal has been postponed.  Rescheduled date to be announced later.

DoD EPSCoR Day at USD has been rescheduled to September 10, 2020

FAQ’s for Research

Will SDSU submit my proposal or grant application? Yes, SDSU Office of Research Assurance & Sponsored programs personnel are working remotely and completing submissions as they are released for submission. Continue to follow policies and procedures for institutional approval (routing) prior to submission. It is always helpful to send a separate email to Jim Doolittle and Jessica Andrews when an application is released for submission especially if close to the submission deadline.

Are federal agencies delaying submission deadlines due to COVID-19? Yes, some submission deadlines have been extended but not all.  It is best to check the agencies’ website for updates to a specific RFA and deadline changes. 

Is routing for institutional approval working? Yes, all academic and support units are following their continuity of operation plans to help ensure important processes/procedures continue. Please continue to route all proposals/applications for institutional approval prior to submission.

Are travel cancellation costs due to COVID-19 allowable as direct charges to sponsored projects? Federal agencies are currently working on guidance for this topic as well as other award-related issues related to COVID-19. We will update this as information becomes available.   

Please follow SDSU’s travel reimbursement guidelines on InsideState.

Will federal agencies consider no-cost time extensions if needed to finish a project after disruption? For most federal research grants under expanded authorities, SDSU has the authority to grant a first time, no-cost extension up to 12 months in duration, merely by notifying the agency. Contact your grant monitor in Grants and Contracts Administration if you have questions on this.