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NASA Letters from SARA

April 14, 2010

14 Apr 2010, 21:04 UTC
April 14, 2010
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Dear Colleagues,

This is the letter from SARA, a short update for NASA scientists. The subject of today's letter is congressional interest in funds on NASA grants, and what this may mean for you. While more details, including congressional language, appear further down the short version is this first paragraph below.

PIs that have large amounts (i.e., a year's worth) of unspent funds left over from last year at progress report time may get emails from their program officer asking about rephrasing their grant. What this means is that rather than sending a whole new year of funds that will just sit around we would like to deliver the next increment of funds next fiscal year. Since your funds were delayed you will get a no-cost extension and your grant will go a year longer than was originally planned. If you get such an email then check with your resource analysts at your institution to see if you have enough funds left over from prior years to carry you until the next increment of funds arrive (probably January). If so, say yes. If not, just write back and explain why you wont have enough funds to make it. ...

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