Although an agreement has been reached to re-open the federal government for a short period, the impact on federal science and research agencies is significant. Serious concerns persist around the implications for review of grant proposals; fellowship applications; work-related travel; and current funding for graduate students, early-career researchers, and post-docs. We encourage you to work with your government relations staff to contact your Members of Congress with stories, data, or other evidence from your campus on how the shutdown affected your institution. The CGS website has several sample letter templates that can be a useful resource. Additionally, consider sharing this information with CGS government affairs staff ( to further amplify the message.


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