Research update on impact of sequestration on federal grant funding

Mar. 6, 2013

As the impacts of the federal budget sequestration are discussed, we wanted to update the campus on how these cuts may affect research funding. Though it is difficult to predict the outcome of budget negotiations in the coming months, the campus community should be prepared for possible impacts on research projects. Thus, we wanted to share the following information we have received from several key agencies: 
National Science Foundation. NSF will reduce the number of new research grants and cooperative agreements awarded in FY 2013 by approximately 1,000. This is roughly a 10% reduction in the number of new awards. There will be no impact on existing NSF grants.

National Institutes of Health. As of last week, NIH planned to reduce FY2013 funding levels of non-competing continuation grants and expected to make fewer competing awards. Specific information from each NIH institute/center is anticipated, but there is already a reduction in the dollar amount of incoming NIH awards.

Department of Health and Human Services. The Department of Health and Human Services, which includes agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has issued a statement reminding grantees of the possible impact: They may not issue continuation awards, may not award incremental funds on multi-year awards, may reduce the scope of awards, and plans for new grant may be re-scoped, delayed, or canceled.

Department of Energy. The DOE may determine it is necessary to stop or suspend work, reduce the scope of work, or partially or completely terminate contracts. Additionally planned contract actions for new work may be re-scoped, delayed or canceled depending on the nature of the work and the degrees to which it directly supports the agency’s mission goals. 

NASA.  It is possible that NASA contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, or Space Act agreements may be affected. In addition, planned actions for new and existing work may be re-scoped, delayed, or canceled depending on the nature of the work and the degree to which it directly supports the agency’s mission goals.

Though not all agencies have posted information on this issue, some additional information is available on the following websites: 


Although the prospect of these cuts is certainly not positive, I would urge the campus community to continue seeking external funding and stay involved in key initiatives such as CoRE. We are committed to supporting your efforts through enhanced services. It is more important than ever to prepare high-quality proposals with the goal of obtaining research funding. The growth of the campus research endeavor depends on the excellent work of UNLV faculty, staff, and students, and I know you will continue this important work throughout the coming months. 

For more information, contact: Thomas Piechota, Interim Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate College