COVID-19 Guidance for the Research Community
Ongoing guidance about University of Minnesota research activities, updated when new information becomes available. See the Health Alert: Coronavirus (COVID-19) for the status of all University of Minnesota operations. With few exceptions, UMN researchers are working from home—see Working from Home Section below.
Applications are now being accepted for OVPR COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants. See Resources for Research section below for that and other funding announcements. The University is collecting essential supplies for the clinical response to COVID-19.
This guidance was updated on April 6, 2020.
|Clinical Affairs/Medical School|
|Critical Operating Units||
Critical Operating Units must maintain Continuity of Operation Plans in accordance with University policy:
|IACUC/RAR (Research with Animals)||
|IRB (Research with Human Participants)||
IRB Guidance for Research Involving Human Participants:
UMN labs must post Notice of Hibernation or Notice of Operation on their doors (see templates below).
|OBAO/IBC (Research with biological agents)||
|Sponsored Projects: Federal Agency Guidance||
COGR members across the country—including UMN—are monitoring federal guidance and collecting them on a simplified matrix: COGR Federal Agency Guidance on COVID-19's Impact on Proposals and Awards (March 31, 2020).
Go to a specific agency’s guidance on the COGR Institutional and Agency Responses to COVID-19 and Additional Resources website (opens a new tab/window):
|Sponsored Projects: UMN Guidance||
Information about how COVID-19 impacts sponsored research projects:
Instructions for Creating COVID-Related Charges in Peoplesoft:
Guidance from UMN Purchasing:
UMN is part of national organizations advocating for our research community by seeking administrative flexibility from and additional resources for key research agencies.
|Working from Home||
It is possible that some exceptions may arise that are consistent with government directives associated with any shelter-in-place order. University and collegiate leadership will work with you in such instances to assess next steps. (March 23, 2020)
* Staff assigned to address such needs are designated as “essential.”
Communications & Announcements from OVPR
UMN Guidance: Research with Human Beings (March 18, 2020) See revised IRB guidance above (March 20, 2020)
Federal Update & Opportunities (UMN/Lewis-Burke Associates) (April 6, 2020): Includes research opportunities across all federal agencies and is updated daily.
OVPR COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants: For small-scale research projects designed to address and mitigate the risk associated with the coronavirus pandemic, including cascading impacts in communities.
Office of Academic and Clinical Affairs (OACA) COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants: For small-scale research projects designed to address and mitigate the COVID-19 virus, with a primary focus on funding clinical research.
Proposals are requested for provisional NSF Funding: NSF Provisioning Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Further Research (COVID-19)
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