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COVID-19 Sponsor Guidance – updated 4/9/20

General Federal Guidance

Association of American Universities (AAU)

Council on Governmental Relations (COGR)

Lewis-Burke Associates

Office of Management and Budget (OMB)



Federal Sponsor Guidance

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Department of Defense (DOD)

Department of Education (ED)

Department of Energy (DOE)

Department of Justice (DOJ)

Department of State (DOS)

Department of Transportation (DOT)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

National Air and Space Administration (NASA)

National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS)

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

National Institute of General Medical Science (NIGMS)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Security Agency (NSA)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)

Office of Naval Research Science &Technology (ONRST)

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

United States Air Force Academy (USAFA)

United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA)

United States Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO)

Non-Federal Sponsor Guidance

American Heart Association

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Ford Foundation

Henry Jackson Foundation

John Templeton Foundation

The Kresge Foundation

MacArthur Foundation

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute 

PHRMA Foundation

Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (March 17)

  • The Rally Foundation has extended the submission deadline for the Career Development Award until Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. EST. Additionally, given that staff are working remotely, e-signatures will be allowed on the signature pages.

RRF Foundation for Aging

Simons Foundation

Wellcome Trust

William T. Grant Foundation


Who to Contact at Vanderbilt University for More Information

Some sponsor guidance concerns proposals, contracts and subcontracts, and non-financial award set-up.  Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA), an office within the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, continues to provide all of its usual pre-award support including proposal submission to external sponsors, contract negotiation, non-financial award set-up, and end-user support for the VU Coeus and PEER electronic research administration (ERA) systems, among others.  For information about proposals, contracts and subcontracts, and non-financial award set-up, contact SPA through the SPA staff directory.

Some sponsor guidance concerns award finances.  As a reminder, post-award financial administration is managed through the Office of Contract and Grant Accounting (OCGA), which is not part of Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) or the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.  For information about post-award financial administration, contact OCGA through the OCGA staff directory.