NIH and NSF are Shut Down - US Government Shut Down Consequences to Scientists
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are shut down from October 1, 2013 for an indefinite duration. This is a direct consequence of the US Government shut down due to non-approval of funding for the government for the fiscal year 2014.
Both institutions will open as soon as the govt shut down ends. This shut down has affected the review of thousands of grant applications, award of hundreds of new grants, and smooth functioning of already awarded grants including transfer of grants.
Hundreds of scientists who have been scheduled to review the grants will have to wait to see the re-schedule of these meetings. As these meetings are usually scheduled months in advance, it is possible that several of these scientists will not be able to attend re-scheduled meetings thereby affecting the quality of review process.
In addition, websites and grant related portals of NIH and NSF will also be shut down during this time.
A screen shot of NIH website as seen on October 1, 2013