Guidance for Handling Financial Implications of COVID-19 on Sponsored Projects

UCSF Contracts & Grants Accounting (CGA) is working to identify the allowability of costs associated with any disruptions to sponsored projects stemming from the coronavirus. Please first follow all UC travel policy and guidance found in Travel Policy & Regulations Governing Travel (G-28) when canceling or rescheduling travel. As the situation continues to evolve and we receive more information, we will post updated direction for other extraordinary and/or non-cancellable costs.

UCSF Guidance for Handling Financial Implications of COVID-19 is now available on the Budget and Resource Management website. This document provides guidance primarily for campus units. It will be updated and expanded as the situation continues to evolve.

Federal Agencies are beginning to provide guidance around this ever-changing situation. They include:

  • Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum M-20-11 addressing relief for recipients and applicants of federal financial assistance impacted by COVID-19.
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued two Notices regarding grant management arising in relation to COVID-19:
    • NOT-OD-20-083 which addresses some general questions on proposal submission and award management.
    • NOT-OD-20-086 informs the research community of short-term administrative flexibilities identified that apply to NIH applicants and recipients conducting research activities.
  • The Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) released FAQs Regarding COVID-19’s Impact on Federal Awards to provide guidance arising to administration of federal awards during this continually evolving situation.
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) developed a new website for the research community with detailed guidance on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). They have also issued frequently asked questions for applicants and recipients conducting research activities with the NSF related to or affected by COVID-19.

Keep in mind that in order for a cost to be allowable, it will require consistent treatment across all funding sources. We will share more information with the UCSF research community as it becomes available from Federal funding agencies.

The UCSF community can access the latest updates and guidance, on UCSF's COVID-19 resource page.