For Continuous Updates:

Research Administration and Finance has created this resource page to keep you, the Northeastern University community, informed. We are posting current communications from funding agencies, the government, and our senior leadership regarding the across the board federal budget reductions (sequestration) that went into effect on March 1, 2013. Click here for broad numbers courtesy of Research America.


Most federal research budgets at agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Energy will see a 5 percent budget reduction; defense research is subject to a 7.8 percent reduction. Different agencies are likely to manage programs differently. NIH announced in February that it "likely will reduce the final FY 2013 funding levels of non-competing continuation grants and expects to make fewer competing awards to allow the agency to meet the available budget allocation." Additionally, "although each NIH institute and center will assess allocations within their portfolio to maximize the scientific impact, non-competing continuation awards that have already been made may be restored above the current level as described in NOT-OD-13-002 but likely will not reach the full FY 2013 commitment level described in the notice of award."

September 25, 2013

  • OMB's memo regarding operations in the event of a federal shutdown.

August 29, 2013

March 26, 2013

March 12, 2013

  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID) addressed grantees regarding effects of the sequestration order. (pdf)

March 7, 2013

  • Harold Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), emailed grantees and contractors explaining the effect of the Continuing Resolution on current and new grants. (pdf)

March 4, 2013

  • NIH Deputy Director, Sally Rockey, Ph.D., sent a letter to the signing officials at NIH-funded institutions about the President’s Sequestration Order. (pdf)
  • Announcement from the Deputy Secretary of Energy regarding procurement contracts and financial assistance agreements. (pdf)
  • Letter from Health Resources and Services Administration. (pdf)
  • Lewis-Burke Associates’ summation of sequestration events. (pdf)
  • NASA addressed grantees, contractors, and agreement participants. (pdf)
  • FEMA addressed grantees and contractors. (pdf)

March 1, 2013

  • Mel Bernstein, Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education memo to all Faculty, Administrators and Staff. (pdf)
  • The President’s Sequestration Order. (pdf)
  • OMB sent a report to Congress which provides calculations on budgetary resources that are required to be reduced under sequestration. (pdf)
  • Department of Education released additional information on sequestration’s impact on Title IV student financial assistance programs.

Funding Agencies

National Institutes of Health