COVID-19 FAQ for Researchers
Last Updated 10:45 A.M. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16
What are the latest communications from the Office of Research on COVID-19?
Are there any upcoming events/meetings being held virtually?
The Office of Research will hold an all-campus Zoom meeting on research activity at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23. Vice President Ostrander and AVPs Fulkerson and Peluso will provide updates and take questions from participants.
How can I find out about COVID-19 funding opportunities and other related resources for researchers?
The Office of Research Development has created a database of funding opportunities and other helpful COVID-19 research related information. You may access it here.
Will we still have access to the libraries and other campus resources?
FSU Libraries will begin offering limited access to print materials; see the website for the most up-to-date information: https://www.lib.fsu.edu/.
I'm working on grant applications. Are there any changes in how Sponsored Research or the Research Foundation is operating?
These offices are operating at full capacity.
Should my graduate student RA still come to work?
Graduate Assistants are considered students first and should follow guidelines for all students. However, labs are currently allowed to operate at 25 percent as long as social distancing can be maintained.
What if graduate research assistants have to self-quarantine or isolate because of travel? How will they do their jobs?
Personal travel is strongly discouraged, but not prohibited. Students, faculty and staff traveling domestically are no longer required to quarantine unless they present symptoms of COVID-19 upon their return. Employees who travel internationally or on a cruise should not return to campus until they have quarantined/are symptom free for 14 days.
Can undergraduates work in laboratories or offices?
Yes, but they must follow social distancing procedures and wear a face covering while they are inside any building. Undergraduates are included in the 50 percent occupancy limitations. A faculty member, not a postdoctoral researcher or graduate students, must be willing to take responsibility for them.
Are faculty, staff and students required to wear masks in the lab?
Events and Travel
Can others come to campus?
Applications to the visiting scholar program from international scholars have been suspended. At this point, other visitors are allowed; see https://fda.fsu.edu/faculty-employment/appointments/procedures-for-inviting-an-unpaid-visiting-scholar-researcher for the most up-to-date information.
When will international travel be allowed for research?
The university has currently banned international travel.
If I have essential research or field work can I travel during the travel ban?
If you have essential research or field work that you would like to request a travel exception for, email VP for Research Gary Ostrander (email@example.com) with a description of the travel, including the purpose, as well as why it is essential during this time. If VP Ostrander approves the travel request, send the approval to firstname.lastname@example.org with the traveler’s name and employee ID # (if another employee’s travel card will be used include their employee name and employee ID # as well) to have your Concur Travel profile opened for the trip.
If we have to cancel scheduled university travel, will it be reimbursed?
How shall I handle unexpected grant-related expenses due to the virus?
At this time, national organizations (AAU, COGR, APLU, AAMC) are having discussions with federal representatives regarding these concerns. The concept of automatic extensions with additional funding has been discussed, but to date, no federal (or other) sponsor has stated that they will take this action. Current guidance from sponsors has been that they will review any requests on a case-by-case basis. FSU Research leadership is heavily engaged at the federal level and will forward any additional news or guidance on this topic to the FSU research community when received. All researchers and departments should be tracking any expenditures that were incurred related to the COVID-19 situation (charged to grants or otherwise).
I have a CRC grant involving travel or other activities being affected by the coronavirus. What do I do?
You may file a request for a budget amendment or time extension by visiting the online request form located at https://www.research.fsu.edu/research-offices/ord/crc/forms/time-extension-and-budget-amendment-request/. Decisions may be delayed, and your patience is appreciated.
Ongoing research projects
Can I continue/start a long-term experiment?
Every faculty member must decide what is in the best interest of their lab moving forward.
Will research involving human subjects continue?
Although the FSU Research Expansion has been announced by OVPR, in-person interactions or interventions with human research participants may not resume until further notice. The FSU OHSP/IRB has provided updated information on its COVID-19-related web page and FAQs.
My colleagues or I would like to conduct research related to COVID-19; what are the FSU IRB review requirements?
All proposed research involving human subjects must be submitted to the FSU Office for Human Subjects Protection (OHSP) to determine what federal regulatory and FSU policy human subject protection review requirements will apply. OHSP and the FSU IRB will as feasible try to ensure fast-tracking of such proposed research.
Will international users still be allowed to use the facility? What about users from other locations from within the United States?
The Mag Lab has discontinued its visitor program for the time being. They are still hoping to receive samples but will not allow new domestic or international visitors. For more information regarding the status of the MagLab please visit here.