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New masking guidelines (effective May 18, 2021)
portrait of young woman scientist in lab wearing protective gloves, glasses and mask with and dropping liquid from pipette into test tube [View Image]Following the guidelines of the universitywide reopen plan, ONE VCU: Responsible Together, the VCU phased Return to Research will occur in a purposeful, responsible and deliberate manner.
Under VCU’s phased return to research, beginning with the lifting of the governor’s orders:
Please review the materials posted below regarding COVID-19 research guidelines and VCU's phased return to research.
Request for exception to DAR space requirements
If you have any questions, please contact Amy Chuang at (804) 828-6587 or email@example.com. All email communications and updates are posted at ACUP news and updates.
Urgent animal welfare issues: Contact an on-call staff veterinarian immediately at (804) 840-5085.
The Division of Sponsored Programs is continuing to submit proposals even when staff work remotely. All new grant applications should utilize the normal RAMS-SPOT review/submission process. Federal agencies are aware of current challenges, and we will share additional guidance as it becomes available.
Principal investigators are expected to continue to submit timely annual and final reports in the event of an emergency university closure, which includes work-from-home provisions. Institutional reports (non-financial) will continue to be processed and submitted by OSP staff.
If, as the PI of a grant, you anticipate that your grant deliverables will be delayed by offsite work, please contact your program officer immediately to let them know of your work plan adjustments and copy (cc:) your OSP team on the email communication. Additionally, please prepare a brief explanation of the delay for your next progress report. The explanation should outline the alternative work completed and your plan for accomplishing the original deliverables.
The Council on Governmental Relations provides researchers with its assessment at www.cogr.edu/faqs-regarding-covid-19s-impact-federal-awards.
Current guidance from sponsoring agencies:
NSF (updated 3/27/20)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (added 3/31/20)
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (added 3/31/20)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (added 3/23/20)
Department of Defense (updated 4/8/20)
Department of Education (added 4/8/20)
Department of Energy
Department of Justice
Food and Drug Administration (added 3/31/20)
Institute of Museum and Library Services (added 4/8/20)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Endowment for the Arts (added 4/8/20)
National Endowment for the Humanities
Office of Management and Budget
United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (added 4/8/20)
Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Please review your funder’s guidance if your project is being impacted by COVID-19. Please contact your OSP team for more guidance and to initiate any necessary sponsor notifications or requests. (updated 3/17/20)
VCU researchers are encouraged to consider potential funding opportunities for research related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the many sources of information for external funding are:
Please also review the section on the Division of Sponsored Funding for additional information related to funding from the NIH and NSF.
OVPRI IT will be in office to respond to technical difficulties.
Staff is prepared to work remotely to continue operations.
Human subject research activities
For IRB approval/submission, contact HRPP:
VCU IRB coordinators
(assigned in RAMS-IRB)
For clinical research:
Executive director for clinical research and compliance
Animal care and research activities
Urgent animal welfare issues: Immediately contact an on-call staff veterinarian at
Paul Fawcett, Ph.D.
Director of research infrastructure
Contact your regular team partner:
Senior associate vice president for research compliance