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Agencies resume work after shutdown

Two of the main research agencies that were closed for more than two weeks this month because of the partial federal government shutdown have released their plans for getting back on track.

Both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are warning that it could take some time before normal operations resume.

In a blog post on 18 October, Sally Rockey, the director of NIH’s Office of Extramural Research, said the shutdown, from 1 October until 17 October, came at one of the agency’s busiest periods. It would take some time to bring the extramural research grants program back to full strength: more than 200 review meetings had to be cancelled because of the shutdown and more than 11,000 grant applications were affected by these cancellations, she said.

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