All NIH eRA services (including both the eRA Commons and ASSIST) will be completely shut down for system upgrading over the Memorial Day weekend. The systems will be brought down at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 23 and are expected to be restored to service by Tuesday, May 27 at 7 a.m.
This downtime is necessary to complete the upgrade of all eRA systems so they are Unicode capable. As a result of this upgrade, eRA systems will be able to accept Greek characters and other scientific characters as they appear in the original scientific text submitted by applicants.
Due to a lapse in appropriated funding and the government’s failure to put a continuing resolution into place for fiscal year 2014, the federal government is under a partial shutdown, beginning at 12:00a.m. on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
As of October 1, 2013, there is no longer appropriated funding for Federal Agencies and they have implemented their contingency plans which can be viewed at the following url: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/contingency-plans. This list will be updated as additional agencies post their plans.
NSF has announced that if the government does shutdown on Tuesday, October 1, the NSF website including FastLane and Research.gov will be unavailable.
Please be aware that NSF staff generally will not be available to respond to emails or phone calls during the shutdown, but will respond to your inquiries as soon as practicable after normal operations have resumed.
NSF will issue follow-on guidance once the Federal Government resumes normal operations.