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We're back: NSF resumes operations

A page listing important post-shutdown information is available

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NSF is open for business.
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October 18, 2013

Following the enactment of a continuing resolution (CR), federal government operations are funded through Jan. 15. National Science Foundation (NSF) staff reported back to work on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.

NSF is working to get its systems, including,, Fastlane and, fully up and running.

In an important notice to the heads of universities, colleges and other NSF-grantee institutions, NSF Acting Director Cora B. Marrett stated that it will take some time for the agency to work through the backlog of activities caused by the 16-day funding lapse--during that time, no proposals were received or distributed for peer review, no review panels were convened, no new awards were made and no existing awards received payments--with delays in funding decisions and possible cancellations of other activities among the possible results.

For important post-shutdown information, see:


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Maria C. Zacharias, NSF, (703) 292-8454,

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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Stacks of unopened and undelivered packages
Some of the packages that piled up in the NSF mailroom during the partial government shutdown.
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