The government shutdown is affecting federally backed research at Texas Tech.
Those researchers who have the money in hand are safe, but those who are applying for grants with October deadlines cannot submit their proposals. The reason being that the paperwork has not been processed on the other end. Since many federal agencies are closed, updates on the granting process are not forthcoming.
Doctor Michael San Fransisco is the Texas Tech Interim Vice President of Research. He adds that if the shutdown goes on for a significant amount of time, it will be a detriment to Tech's research agenda.
"New payments are not going to come through now. We have to wait. So, when grants get funded, we don't get all of the money up front. Often times the money gets dispersed over a period of time. So, some of those dispersments may be delayed because of this. Therefore research gets hurt and held up at some level," San Fransisco said