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
National Science Foundation
RAPID Research on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
National Institutes of Health
NIH Funding Opportunities Specific to COVID-19
Department of Energy
DOE Tackling the Challenge of Coronavirus
Department of Defense
National Endowment for the Arts
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.
Is Human Subject Research Stopped? Yes. All human subject research studies that involve direct, in-person, subject contact are to be halted until further notice. Any such studies currently underway must be paused unless researchers are able to shift to remote data collection (e.g., via Zoom).
Principal investigators wishing to modify existing studies must submit the Amendment of Human Subject Research Protocol form on InfoReady. The Institutional Research Board will not approve any studies that involve in-person interactions until the risks of spreading COVID-19 can be effectively controlled.
In the midst of this pandemic, our priority is protecting our researchers, subjects and communities.