NASA, JPL Limits Awardees’ Spending on Scientific Conferences - 11/6/08

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL)  issued a statement Oct. 6 concerning funding restrictions that could impact some grant recipients at Purdue University.

The memo states that until further notice, its grantees may not allocate, obligate or spend any fiscal year 2009 funds to sponsor, travel to or pay admission to international or domestic conferences. The directive includes payments committed or paid to conference facilities and hotels. 

The ’09 fiscal year began Oct. 1, 2008, and runs through Sept. 30, 2009.

Attendance at conferences or conducting those planned for the current quarter (Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2008) may proceed as planned, provided only FY 2008 funds are used.

According to the memo, the NASA Authorization Act, H.R. 6063 that was awaiting signature by President George W. Bush, contained a new provision restricting NASA’s authorized spending for conferences to $5 million for FY 2009.

The memo explains the limitation and outlines activities that are not categorized as conferences which may proceed as planned in FY 2009. The NASA memo is available online.