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March 19, 2020 

  • California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order today that orders 40 million Californians to remain at home. According to the State of California's COVID-19 response page, "Everyone is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, keep at least 6 feet of distance."
  • Using data from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, this site charts COVID-19 cases, recoveries, and deaths
  • Science reports that "Four organizations representing the nation’s major research institutions and medical schools today wrote to Congressional leaders, urging them to increase research spending at federal science agencies by some 15%, or $13 billion, in order to prevent students and researchers in all scientific disciplines from going broke, to help closed laboratories re-start once the pandemic eases, and to cover other unanticipated costs to the academic research enterprise." The letter, sent by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the American Committee on Education to Congressional leaders outlined a "four-point strategy that will allow our members to continue to lead in the battle against COVID-19 and ensure that our other research on behalf of the American people will not suffer during these unprecedented times."
  • Non-profits and foundations have begun notifying grantees about their fiscal policies because of the COVID-19 pandemic. RPAC will track and post these policies.
  • The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued M-20-17 Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations. "This memorandum provides similar administrative relief 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. Many of the operational impacts and costs are unknowable at this point, as they will depend on the spread of the coronavirus and response dictated by public health needs. This memorandum provides short term relief for administrative, financial management, and audit requirements under 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, without compromising Federal financial assistance accountability requirements. As program managers are considering administrative relief, they should be prudent in their stewardship of Federal resources which includes giving consideration to potential offsets-e.g. reduction in training and travel. In addition, the flexibilities provided within this memorandum, agencies are reminded of their existing flexibility to issue exceptions on a case-by-case basis in accordance with 2 CFR § 200.102, Exceptions. M20-11 shall continue to apply, and Appendix A describes the exceptions granted under this memorandum to recipients affected by the loss of operational capacity. These exceptions are time limited and will be reassessed by 0MB within 90 days of this Memo.”
  • The United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) has issued these COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions.

March 18, 2020 

March 17, 2020 

  • UC campuses are in various stages of ramping down research operations or planning for closures as local public health departments begin issuing shelter-in-place orders.
  • The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is extending deadlines for multiple programs.
    • Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) application submission deadlines will be adjusted, as follows:

      Previous deadline 

      New deadline      

      March 19  April 2
      March 26  April 9
      April 2 April 9
      April 9  April 16
       
    • NIFA has also extended the submission deadline for the 2021 Plan of Work for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA) capacity funded projects and programs from April 1 to May 1.

  • Science is reporting on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Department of Energy (DOE) labs.

    DOE "has begun to restrict access and ramp down activities at its national laboratories in response to the coronaries crisis. However, no unified protocol has emerged that applies to all labs, which every year serve more than 30,000 visiting researchers. It seems likely that some of DOE’s major research facilities will solider on—as they may prove helpful in the fight against the new virus."

March 16, 2020