The National Science Foundation has provided updated details about the impact of the sequestration on NSF operations for the remainder of the current fiscal year. According to the Council on Government Relations, the key points from the update include:
-- NSF will fully fund all existing continuing grant increments in FY 2013;
-- NSF directorates have now received full-year funding allocations, which will allow funding decisions to be made prior to the end of the fiscal year on September 30th;
-- NSF expects to make fewer new awards in FY 2013;
-- NSF will fully fund all FY 2013 major research equipment and facilities construction projects;
-- Competitions for some programs and solicitations may not be conducted in FY 2013; and
-- NSF staff will not be furloughed, allowing for no interruptions to the NSF proposal review and award decision making processes.
The announcement from the NSF is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/in133a/in133a.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_80