Sneak Preview: Grantees Urged To Prepare for NSF’s Relocation

May 26, 2017 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

xgran_bookshot(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) Although the National Science Foundation (NSF) has not issued formal policy, agency officials are encouraging grant recipients to submit applicable post-award reports and grant applicants to turn in proposals for awards prior to the agency’s move to its new headquarters later this year.

At a recent Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) meeting in Washington, D.C., Jean Feldman, head of the policy office at NSF’s Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management, said that NSF will be moving from its current headquarters office in Arlington, Va., to its new headquarters in Alexandria, Va., this fall. The phased-in move should be completed by October, starting with the relocation — and temporary shutdown — of its data center from July 1-4.

“This move is going to impact everything,” Feldman said, adding that proposal submission deadlines and application reviews likely will be moved forward to an earlier date, and funding drawdown schedules will be altered. “Keep an eye out for that. We continue to communicate heavily with the community, but this is something that is very real.”

In response, some NSF program managers have sent email notifications to award recipients asking them to submit reports to the agency early, even if they are not due until late August. “This is not an NSF policy, but we are aware some programs are doing that in order to make sure everything is processed in a timely manner,” Feldman explained. “With the late release of the federal budget and the move, we’re really crunched in a big way timewise, so they are doing this to ensure that you get your next increment of money in a timely way.”

(The full version of this story has now been made available to all for a limited time on Thompson’s Grants Compliance Expert site.)

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