Senate Research Report - April 2020

Rapid Response – Queen’s SARS CoV-2/COVID-19 Research Opportunity

The Queen’s SARS CoV-2/COVID-19 research funding competition is a $200,000 Vice-Principal (Research) initiative to fund and support research projects ($10-50k each) that will contribute to urgent efforts to accelerate the development, testing and implementation of medical or social countermeasures to mitigate the rapid spread of the SARS CoV-2 virus and its negative consequences on people and communities in Canada and globally. 

It will support research across all disciplines: health sciences; natural sciences and engineering; and social sciences and humanities. 

Competition 1 closes on April 17, and a second competition closes on May 15. Full eligibility conditions and guidelines for this funding opportunity can be found on the VPR website.


Visit the VPR Website regularly 

The COVID-19 outbreak is having an impact on Queen's University Research. We appreciate that the fluidity of the current situation makes for significant difficulties in planning research activities. The VPR COVID-19 website aims to keep all research updates in one place, to keep you well-informed of changes in the research landscape, deadlines, and opportunities as they arise, along with guidance on lab operations and feeding into the equipment inventory.  Please bookmark and visit this site for regular updates.  For those of you who have questions or seek assistance, please contact  


Queen's COVID-19 Research Survey

As a research institution, we are in a unique position to help contribute to the understanding of COVID-19, its treatment, the virus per se, epidemiology, along with impacts of its presence in our lives – the effects on business and the economy, issues around health inequities, aspects of law and surveillance, policy, mental health and wellness, communications and media, education, the environment, working from home … the list goes on. 

We aim to contribute to the national research and innovation agenda on this, and so we are conducting a survey of Queen’s researchers to identify those working on COVID-19 research or innovation solutions, who have an interest/capacity to do so, or have an interest in joining existing teams to further the collaborative spirit within the Queen’s community. Our results may be communicated more broadly across Canada in hopes of making a positive contribution to the understanding of this developing global problem.