Research Continuity During COVID-19
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Operations
ORSP staff are working remotely but are available to assist as usual. Although we do not expect any disruption in proposal submissions, communication via email, lack of immediate access to hardcopy files, and other factors may reduce operational efficiencies and response time. Researchers are asked to be aware of this possibility and provide longer lead-time pertaining to grant proposal development, etc.
Staff will be monitoring communications from federal agencies, other sponsors, and WFUHS. Any notices and information will be posted to this site as they becomes available.
Human Research Protections
WFU IRB operations will continue normally. The IRB meetings will be held remotely. Applications in eIRB can be opened, submitted, reviewed, and approved electronically as always. CITI modules and requests for new eIRB accounts are all available online. Our staff will be available by email or phone to assist. Please see this page for specific guidance for research involving human participants.
If researchers decide to revise their approved research protocols to allow for online administration, the IRB Staff and Board are ready to process the necessary application amendments in a timely manner.
Please review the approved data confidentiality and security plan for your research studies. It is essential that you and your team members fully comply with it while working remotely. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance, an application amendment is required if you need to revise your plan.
Council on Government Relations (COGR) COVID -19’s Federal Agency Guidance Matrix
COGR Institutional and Agency Responses to COVID-19:
NSF Implementation of OMB Memorandum (“Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations” dated March 19, 2020)
Department of Energy
Department of Defense
United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA)
For information on protecting the privacy and security of protected health information (HIPAA) while using remote communications technologies, please see the Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency
COVID-19 Funding Opportunities on SPIN
Environmental Health and Safety
WFU Research Security and Continuity during COVID-19 google form: