Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

Impact of Government Shutdown at UCSF

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,


As you know, since December 22, 2018, the federal government has been on partial shutdown. We know that many of you may be affected in some way or know individuals who are experiencing a direct impact, and it is our hope that our elected officials will soon come to a resolution so that the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are on furlough will receive their salaries.


At this time, we are aware of limited to minimal disruption across UCSF.


Prior to the shutdown, Congress passed – and the President signed into law – two appropriations bills that funded 75 percent of the federal government, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Defense Department, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, through September 30, 2019. FY2019 funding for these departments, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is not affected by the shutdown.


Unfortunately, the following seven appropriations bills have yet to become law, resulting in agencies being closed during the shutdown:

  • Agriculture
  • Commerce, Justice, Science
  • Financial Services and General Government
  • Homeland Security
  • Interior, Environment
  • State, Foreign Operations
  • Transportation, Housing and Urban Development.


Collectively, these bills fund research at the following agencies and departments: Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), among others.


Researchers at UCSF receive funding from six of these agencies: NSF, NASA, USDA, NEH, EPA, and FDA.


The UC Office of the President and UCSF Federal Governmental Relations, in partnership with the UCSF Office of Sponsored Research, UCSF Controller’s Office, UCSF Graduate Division, and UCSF Health, are actively monitoring immediate and potential impacts of the shutdown.


Sponsored Research. The Office of Sponsored Research reports that there have been no immediate impacts on grants, and no notices to stop work have been issued. However, pending grant applications at closed agencies are not being reviewed, which may delay new awards. In addition, for the duration of the shutdown, researchers will not be able to contact officials at impacted agencies.


If you have questions about your research, please contact Winona Ward, director of the Office of Sponsored Research, at [email protected] or 415-502-8741.


Employee and Student Pay. According to the Controller’s Office, UCSF continues to pay employees on time for activities on contracts and grants, regardless of payment by the federal government.


The Graduate Division does not anticipate any disruption to graduate fellows who are paid through awards granted prior to the shutdown. Questions about graduate education affected by the shutdown may be directed to Karen Thiemann, graduate student financial analyst, at [email protected] or 415-476-8319.


UCSF Health. Federal Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements to UCSF Health are not affected, because these funds are not subject to the congressional appropriations process.


As the shutdown continues, issues will be exacerbated. UCSF Federal Government Relations (FGR) will continue working closely with the UC Office of the President to monitor the federal Office of Management and Budget as well as other key federal agencies for additional guidance.


Be assured, FGR will continue to be in contact with congressional offices to ensure that they are fully informed of potential impacts at UCSF and across the UC system.




Sam Hawgood, MBBS


Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor