March 2013

Impact of Sequestration

As you are likely aware, in accordance with the Budget Control Act of 2011, a series of spending cuts, called sequestration, will cancel approximately $85 billion in budgetary resources across the Federal government for the remainder of the Federal fiscal year. It is possible that existing awards may be affected, including the cancelation of continuation awards, or negotiating a reduction in the scope of the award. Additionally, new and/or competitive renewal awards may be re-scoped depending on the nature of the work and availability of resources.

If you receive such correspondence from a federal funding agency official (i.e., Program Officer or Grants Management Specialist) reducing your award’s funding, immediately contact the Sponsored Projects Officer assigned to your research portfolio.

We urge you to discuss the impact that the budget cut will have on the project with the funding agency’s Program Official and explain what part of the scientific aims you will not be able to accomplish. This is the opportunity to contest the budget cut and or alter the original scope of work. This is especially important for new and/or competitive renewals because other funding can be sought for the portion of the work that is not funded by the federal government.

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