COVID-19 Relevant Policies from Select Federal Agencies
Sponsor-specific guidance related to the response to COVID-19 is rapidly changing. All charges incurred on sponsored projects during this time must be tracked and justified in case of an audit, which may come years from when the expense is incurred. Please be prepared to transfer charges off awards if future sponsor guidance indicates that any of the items charged are no longer allowed.
At this time federal sponsors have not released solicitations or guidance encouraging submission of supplemental applications for projects affected by COVID-19. Project budgets should be revised (if allowable per the terms of the award) to integrate COVID-19 related expenses and there should be no expectation that additional funds will be provided by the sponsor to cover any shortfall. If possible, investigators should wait until the full extent of the impact on their projects is known before considering whether supplemental funding will be needed. If a shortfall of funds is anticipated, investigators should contact the program officer listed on their award to discuss the impacts on the project and possible solutions. Please contact the Sponsored Projects Team with any questions about supplemental funding.
Please be advised that an assessment regarding the allowability of costs must be made on a case-by-case basis. Please contact your Sponsored Projects Team for any questions that are related to a specific proposal or award.
The guidance provided covers grants and cooperative agreements from UCSB’s four largest sponsors: the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) agencies. Please note that this guidance may not apply to contracts. For guidance from other sponsors, please click on the specific agency under Additional Notices from Federal Agencies below.