Important Updates

Research Continuity During COVID-19

Research Continuity Guidance for Wake Forest University

Guidelines for Performing Critical Research Activities

Laboratory Research Ramp-Down Checklist

Research Restart Guide (RRG)

Protocol for the Safe Return of Undergraduates to Mentored Research and Scholarship Activities of Wake Forest Faculty

Research Safety Plan for Students Spring 2021 Semester

Guidelines for Undergraduate Student Researchers at the School of Medicine

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.

  • CITI modules and requests for new eIRB accounts are available online.
  • Applications in eIRB can be created, submitted, reviewed, and approved electronically as always.
  • IRB meetings will be scheduled as needed and held remotely.

Please see this page for specific COVID-19 guidance for research involving human participants.

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 the plan when working remotely or on campus. Contact for assistance. An application amendment is required if you need to revise your plan.

Your approved research protocol may require revision to comply with the University’s COVID-19 research guidance.  Examples include replacing in-person interactions with safer online methods or altering in-person procedures to reduce density in the research setting to ensure adequate social distancing. The IRB Staff and Board are ready to process your application amendments in a timely manner.

Our staff is available to assist via email, phone, or video conferencing. Contact us at

Federal links

Council on Government Relations (COGR) COVID -19’s Federal Agency Guidance Matrix

Institutional and Agency Responses to COVID-19 and Additional Resources

NIH Resources

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients

Flexibilities Available to Applicants and Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance Affected by COVID-19

Guidance for NIH-funded Clinical Trials and Human Subjects Studies Affected by COVID-19

NIH LATE APPLICATION POLICY Due to Public Health Emergency for United States for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) updated

General Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Proposal Submission and Award Management Related to COVID-19

NIH Guidance on Travel and Meetings Hosted by NIH

NIH Extramural Response to Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies

NSF Resources

Coronavirus Information

NSF Implementation of OMB Memorandum M-20-17  (“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)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposers and Awardees

Dear Colleague Letter:  Provisioning Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Further Research on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Department of Energy

Accommodating Interruptions from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

DOE Implementation of OMB Memorandum M-20-17

Department of Defense

Frequently Asked Questions for DOD Research Proposers and Awardees Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA)

USAMRAA’s Supplemental Guidance on Administrative Flexibilities for Grants and Cooperative Agreements in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic



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

General Safety Precautions for the WFU Community during COVID-19 Pandemic

WFU Research Security and Continuity during COVID-19 google form:

COVID-19 and Research FAQS

For an updated list of the most frequently asked questions, please visit our FAQ page.

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