The National Science Foundation is asking for a little time to recover from the federal shutdown, according to a memo from acting director Cora Marrett. "It will take time and extra effort to work through the backlog of activities. It's important for us ... to focus on re-establishing core functions, such as receiving, reviewing and awarding/declining proposals, as well as oversight and management of existing awards," according to the memo to staffers. It outlines several steps the agency will take to get back up to speed, urging scientists to refrain from contacting the agency for the time being.

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