Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

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

VP Research Update – Impact of Extension of State of Emergency In Ontario

April 2, 2020

The ZOOM Research Town Hall on April 1, 2020 was unfortunately disrupted and will be rescheduled.

The following updates, relevant to the entire research community, were communicated to the Town Hall participants:

State of Emergency

  • The State of Emergency in Ontario is extended to April 13th
  • Queen’s University will continue to maintain current operational levels until April 13th at which time the situation will be revaluated
  • University decisions are being guided by local public health officials and the next two weeks are critical
  • In keeping with our previous statements, research occurring in labs and facilities remains discontinued for the duration of this extended declaration of the government. Any essential research activity in labs or facilities that cannot be shut down for this time frame must be reported and approved by the Dean of your Faculty. Please continue to visit Faculty websites for further guidance.
  • Research conducted remotely is still encouraged. 

Operations and Human Resource Considerations

  • Future planning around operational and human resource considerations are being discussed by university leadership and with external partners/agencies
  • We recognize issues around research project timelines, research contract deliverables, procurement of equipment, and research staff funding are of concern

Research Service Providers

  • The Vice-Principal (Research) Portfolio is operating remotely and the is team ready to assist
  • Graduate Studies will be hosting a townhall on Friday, April 3 at 9:00 AM (given recent incident on ZOOM, please check Graduate Studies website for potential changes to delivery model)
  • Research Accounting is available to advise on tri-agency project extensions
  • While University Library physical locations are closed, the library remains open with access to millions of online journals and monographs. Librarians remain available for research consultations and can help you to access the information resources you need to do your research.  
  • Other service providers available remotely

Featured Updates on COVID-19 Research Impact website

(www.queensu.ca/vpr/covid-19)

  • Rapid Response Internal Research Funding 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 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.
  • COVID-19 Equipment Inventory
  • Queen’s COVID-19 Research Survey
    • 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. Please also see the notice posted today on our web site describing CanCOVID, a national platform for COVID-19 related research collaboration.

Research Ethics Board Updates

  • Both the Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board (HSREB) and the General Research Ethics Board (GREB) are continuing to review ethics applications remotely.
  • If research is COVID-19 related (Health Sciences or Social Sciences), an expedited review process will be used. Once the application has been submitted in TRAQ, notify jennifer.couture@queensu.ca of the submission.
  • Hospital based research is fluid as hospitals impose restrictions on non-essential access; review hospital websites for current updates.
  • Unless suspending the research would impact the welfare of participants, in-person research should be suspended to respect social-distancing.
    • Consider virtual alternatives to in-person research if it does not impact the scientific validity of the study
    • Submit an amendment to the respective ethics board outlining any necessary changes
  • For research with indigenous peoples and/or communities, research/data collection should be stopped and communities consulted to determine whether they wish for you to continue with the research collaboration.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please be in touch at research@queensu.ca