Federal Agency Guidance on COVID-19

Agency Updates Specific to Federal Award Impact And Research


Office of Management and Budget

Per OMB: Provides similar administrative relief as listed in M-20-11 to an expanded scope of recipients affected by the loss of operational capacity and increased costs due to the COVID-19 crisis.  

A link to the OMB memo and other federal guidance, as well as a repository for institutional guidance can be located on the COGR website here.

Per OMB:  OMB is allowing Federal agencies to grant class exceptions in instances where the agency has determined that the purpose of the Federal awards is to support the continued research and services necessary to carry out the emergency response related to COVID-19. Further, agencies are reminded of their existing flexibility to issue exceptions on a case-by-case basis in accordance with 2 CFR § 200.102, Exceptions. The Administration will evaluate if these flexibilities should be extended to recipients whose operations have been adversely impacted in the emergency response related to COVID-19 at a later date.

National Institutes of Health

National Science Foundation:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Department of Defense

COVID-19 FAQs for Grant Applicants and Recipients (Version 2, March 25, 2020): The current COVID -19 crisis has led to many general questions associated with proposal submission and award management. The United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) is providing this information as a service to our applicant and recipient communities to address immediate, high-level questions that have been posed to federal research assistance agencies. Please note that given the fact that COVID-19 and associated impacts continue to evolve, applicants and recipients are strongly encouraged to monitor the resources provided below for updates. USAMRAA is publishing information on flexibilities for organizations funded by USAMRAA to conduct research on COVID-19 along with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on other administrative flexibilities whose operations have been adversely impacted in the emergency response related to COVID-19. These FAQs will be updated as more information becomes available.

Department of Energy 

COGR Resources: