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Office of Research, Grants, and Foundation Relations

The Office of Research, Grants, and Foundation Relations (RGFR) serves Pepperdine University faculty and staff, fostering an environment in which research and scholarship are valued and recognized. RGFR strives to deliver the highest quality research administration services by assisting in the acquisition and management of externally funded projects.

04/27/2020: COVID-19 and Research Operations

The Office of Research, Grants, and Foundation Relations continues to monitor the latest guidance for continuing research/sponsored projects operations in light of disrupted operations due to COVID-19. Principal Investigators must continue to exercise their best judgement for starting and continuing research activities. While traditional campus operations are suspended, Investigators are encouraged to reach out to their Divisional Deans, Budget Managers, and the Research, Grants, and Foundation Relations staff for assistance with any questions. All investigators must continue to prioritize the safety of all individuals involved in all aspects of research and to adhere to University, City, County, State, and Federal regulations. Please be mindful of the following:

- All study-related activities that are not affected by the disruption of regular operations may continue.
- RGFR continues to support faculty and staff in the preparation, submission, and management of all grant applications and awards.
- Continue to properly document all grant expenses.
- Notify RGFR if you anticipate a change in the Scope of Work.
- All Principal Investigators should Monitor Agency Guidance related to your project.
- If you experience any significant delays, please notify the Office of Research, Grants, and Foundation Relations.

04/09/2020: Institutional and Agency Responses to COVID-19 and Additional Resources:

The Council on Governmental Relations has provided Agency Guidance Specific to Federal Award Impact. Updates from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), among others, provide information related to COVID-19 including FAQs, general guidance, and helpful resources during modified operations. Access the link here.

Announcement from the National Science Foundation Regarding NSF Implementation of OMB Memorandum M-20-17

03/23/2020: The National Science Foundation released an Announcement for Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations. Access the Announcement here to learn how your project or proposal will be affected.

Announcement from the Office of the Provost Regarding Research Activities:

Effective at 5:00 PM on 03/23/2020, researchers across all campuses will be required to discontinue all non-essential, on-campus research activities.

Announcement Regarding OMB Admin Relief for Loss of Operations due to COVID-19:

The Executive Office of the President Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies that provides additional flexibilities for grants. Please follow the link below to learn how your project might be affected in light of the recent national adjustment to operations in concert with COVID-19 precautionary advice:

Memorandum to the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

Announcement: Research Support amidst COVID-19 precautions

The Office of Research, Grants, and Foundation Relations (RGFR) continues to monitor the domestic and international spread of COVID-19 and to provide updates on its impact on the research climate. Further, RGFR is working to understand how both members of the Pepperdine community and cognizant sub recipients will be impacted. The latest updates and resources for applicants and awardees appear below:

NSF FAQs related to COVID-19

NSF Guidance on Coronavirus

NIH Late Application Policy and FAQs Related to 2019 Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding

Information on NEH and COVID-19


USAMRAA COVID-19 Resources

As of 03/12/2020, California Humanities has advised that they will:

1) Remain committed to flexibility for grantees who need to reschedule events due to public health concerns;

2) Will consider extending grant periods by up to six (6) months; and

3) Will continue to accept applications for upcoming California Documentary Project NextGen on March 16.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California Department of Public Health can be used as a resource when considering hosting public programs, but be advised of University updates as per the Emergency Information website when planning events.

No updates from the Internal Revenue Service related to the LITC program have been posted. We will continue to communicate with our Program Officers and will place new resources on this web page.

Should your grant experience postponement due to operational modifications, or if you have any questions about how to proceed with a grant application or award, please contact Miyun Choe in the Office of Research, Grants, and Foundation Relations.


Announcement: National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health Policies

NSF Applicants: please review the following link for the NSF Term and Condition regarding reporting findings and determinations of sexual harassment.

NIH Applicants: please review the following link for the latest updates from NIH Update regarding the institution's efforts to address sexual harassment in science.

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