The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently issued an update regarding how the Foundation will manage budget cuts due to sequestration for the remainder of the current federal fiscal year (October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013). In the notice, NSF indicates that with recent Congressional appropriations, their funding has stabilized for this year.
They outline the following impact on current year awards and programs:
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.
OSP will continue to monitor the above NSF actions, particularly the suspension of some programs and solicitations for the current federal fiscal year and will communicate these changes with NIU faculty and staff. In the notice, NSF indicates the situation for the next fiscal year is uncertain at this time.