Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)
Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

COVID-19 Outbreak and its Impact on Queen's University Research

With this fluid situation please bookmark and visit this site for regular updates on the impacts to Queen’s research. The website aims to provide clarity and direction to support the continuation of the research mission. We appreciate that the fluidity of the current situation makes for significant difficulties in planning research activities. For those of you who have questions or seek assistance, please contact research@queensu.ca. University updates will continue to be posted at https://www.queensu.ca/covidinfo/.

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Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF)

July 29, 2020

On June 23, the federal government announced details on the $450M Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF). The three-stage program will be administered by SSHRC on behalf of the Tri-Agency. Demonstration of need will be required for all stages; research that has been impacted and/or delayed entirely or partly is eligible. CRCEF will provide support for two main research areas:

  1. Wage support (up to 75% for 12 weeks; $847/week maximum) for eligible research personnel who were paid from non-governmental sources (March 15 – August 29) (Stages 1 and 2, $325M).
  2. Incurred costs associated with maintenance and ramp-up of research activities (Stage 3, $125M).

Queen’s, together with Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), submitted a Stage 1 application to CRCEF on July 7. The Stage 1 allocation was awarded to Queen’s July 22nd.  

The Office of VP Research, Human Resources and Research Accounting are coordinating with faculties to gather information to facilitate reimbursement of accounts and assess institutional need for Phase 2. In alignment with program requirements of the CRCEF, EDI practices and considerations will be upheld as a committee is formed to facilitate the disbursement of CRCEF funding.

Additional information regarding Stage 3 will be provided at a later date.

Please contact nicole.hunniford@queensu.ca for any questions regarding Stage 1.

Additional Guidance to Research Community on Non-medical Face Coverings (July 22, 2020)

July 22, 2020

The university has announced that, effective July 24th, it is implementing measures that call for non-medical face coverings/cloth masks to be worn in public and common spaces inside buildings.

Please see, additional guidance for laboratory spaces when approved research is being conducted.

Face Coverings while Conducting Human Subject Research (June 29, 2020)

Updated June 29, 2020

Dear Queen’s research community:

In follow up to the announcement by the University in response to the current COVID -19 outbreak in Kingston, I would like to encourage faculty members and principal investigators with research personnel on campus to continue their vigilance in active monitoring and please check in daily with researchers who are on site either in Kingston or on field studies.  In addition, in response to the heightened concern by local public health, we feel it is prudent to request that those of you who are conducting human subject research on Queen’s University sites, wear masks even if physical distancing is possible and that you request that your subjects/clients do so as well.  Those undertaking human subject research within local hospitals should ensure that they are following hospital protocols.  Should you have a concern about the ability to undertake the research appropriately if the subjects are masked, please contact my office via research@queensu.ca and we will review your request to determine if an exception can be made.

Thank you for your patience as we work through these issues and determine the appropriate response level to the evolving situation.  We will continue to update you as the situation evolves.

Please visit the COVID-19 Research Impact site for regular updates.

 

Sincerely yours,

Kim


Kimberly A. Woodhouse, Ph.D., P.Eng., FCAE, FBSE
Vice-Principal (Research)
Professor of Chemical Engineering

 

Update on Requests for On-site Research Facility Access (Updated June 5)

Updated June 5, 2020

On April 23rd, we released a process to help guide requests for on-site research access. The process outlined three priority timelines by which facilities could be opened in order, from immediate priority to long term priority, and in a manner which ensured the safety of researchers and the communities in which the research is undertaken. Since this time only Priority Timeline 1 (Research requiring immediate on-site activity to minimize negative impacts which would occur by the end of the summer) requests have been reviewed and approved, with a significant portion of the approvals related to supporting timely COVID-19 research and long running research in which a serious loss of research material, data, or equipment could occur.

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We are now at a point where we can begin to consider Priority Timeline 2 (Research requiring on-site activity to minimize negative impacts that would occur by the end of 2020) requests, however, it has become apparent that these decisions are going to be constrained by physical distancing requirements in buildings and potentially by other activities, as the Provincial legislation allows the University to open more fully. In order to facilitate a timely response to Priority Timeline 2 requests, we are transitioning from approval through the University level committee chaired by the Vice-Principal (Research), to the Faculties in coordination with the recently formed Campus Operations Group chaired by the Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration). 

Read the full message online.

Public Health and Building Preparation Guidance FAQ for Research Priority Timeline 1 and 2 have been made available to assist faculty, unit heads, and building managers/officials in preparing for on-site research facility start-up following approval of a research access request.

Field Research Activities (Updated April 23)

Updated April 23, 2020

Faculty, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students who feel their field research should be deemed “essential,” and that it must be conducted in the spring/summer term, are asked to fill out a Request to Continue Critical Field Research Form.  Principal Invesigators must sign the form, then a) in departmentalized faculties submit to the department head and then the faculty dean, or b) in non-departmentalized faculties, submit directly to the dean. Should the department head and dean agree that the work must continue, the request will then be forwarded to the VP (Research) for review and approval. Investigators will be informed of the decision within a week of submitting the request.

Read the full message online.

Invitation to join CanCOVID

As part of the national effort to address the COVID-19 Crisis, the Federal Office of the Science Advisor is establishing an expert community of Canadian COVID-19 researchers, clinical collaborators, and healthcare stakeholders from across the country. Please see http://cancovid.ca to learn more. The community will be hosted on Slack, a collaboration hub developed to facilitate communication and the sharing of information. The top research intensive universities in Canada, the U15, to which we belong, are encouraged to invite qualified researchers to join the platform and participate in the collaborations. Themes for collaboration include the following:

  1. Diagnostics
  2. Clinical trials
  3. Fundamental Science
  4. Vaccines & Therapeutics
  5. Indigenous research
  6. Social and behavioural sciences
  7. Healthcare
  8. Modelling
  9. Cohort Studies

For those of you who participated in our recent survey on COVID-19-related research conducted at Queen’s, we intend to use those results to initiate the invitation list. If you are currently conducting research on COVID-19 or its impacts, or believe that you have skills that might be valuable to the themes identified above, and did not participate in the survey or wish to re-iterate your interest, please send an email to research@queensu.ca. Please provide a brief biography and ½ page description of your COVID-19 related interests/research (i.e. the theme you might fit into) in your email and we will reply. Please note that the invitations we provide will be vetted by the CanCOVID team to ensure suitability in all cases. The invitation process opened today, so if you are interested, please be in contact as soon as possible.

Updates

See new Funding Opportunities and COVID-19 Research Resources below:

Updates from June 2020

Updates from March 2020

Funding Opportunities

Please see the Searchable Funding Database for ALL research funding opportunities. This database is maintained by University Research Services (URS), is updated regularly and includes COVID-19 funding opportunities

COVID-19 Research Resources

  • Primer of COVID-19 Research Resources
    This primer contains a list and brief description of available online research resources relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources listed include curated, free-access COVID-19 literature databases, the WHO Global Research on COVID-19 dashboard for accessing situation reports and the WHO Research and Development Blueprint, and links to COVID-19-related research projects and clinical trials. (Last update: May 20, 2020.)

 

Updated August 5, 2020