The University Research Forum is working to source ideas and resources to support research leaders and their teams as the novel coronavirus has shaped a “new normal” for colleges and universities. Below you’ll find policies and press releases from your peer institutions and resources from the broader community. We hope to continue updating this resource center as we speak with more of our University Research Forum partners across the coming weeks.
Reopening research spaces
As campuses have successfully ramped down research activity and shifted non-essential work to remote operations, Chief Research Officers (CROs) can now turn their attention to planning for the eventual ramping back up of on-campus research activity. Research leaders recognize that whenever activity can ramp back up, it won’t be as simple as flipping a switch— instead, it will need to occur in phases and take into consideration capacity limitations.
This forces the research office, in collaboration with academic leadership, to make tough decisions about prioritizing who gets to come back first.
- University of Minnesota’s Report on Staged Resumption of Selected Research Operations
- McGill University’s Research Phase-In plan
- University of Houston’s Reopening Research resources
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Phased Reopening Strategy announcement
- University of North Texas’ Research Reopen Plan
- Eastern Carolina University’s Principles and Framework Guiding a Phased Approach to Restarting Research Activity
- Kansas State University’s Framework for Restarting Research Activity on Campus
- University of Connecticut’s Ramp-up—Phase 2 Limited Reopening Resuming Research Activity form and COVID-19 Safety Plan document
- Duke University School of Medicine’s Sample Social Distancing Plan
- Boston University’s Research Recovery Toolkit
- University of Oregon’s Recovery Plan Template
Federal funding and policies
- EAB: How the federal government is responding to research needs during COVID-19—and what institutions can do to help themselves
- NIH Blog Post on Funding Opportunities and Processes
- University of California COVID-19 Seed Grants
- John Hopkins Funding Opportunities
- University of Minnesota COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants
EAB is exploring the process and prioritization for re-opening research laboratories across campus. Be on the look out for surveys, conference calls, and research insights from our team coming soon.
- Communicating the impact of a “stay at home” order: from Case Western Reserve University
- Moving to full badge access: from Case Western Reserve University
- Definitions of essential research under a “safer at home” order: from UCLA
Faculty and staff support
- “As Professors Scramble to Adjust to the Coronavirus Crisis, the Tenure Clock Still Ticks,” The Chronicle of Higher Education
- The Ohio State University tenure-track faculty extension
- University of Massachusetts Amherst tenure-track faculty extension
Partnerships and communications
Research ramp-up plans include exhaustive detail on how researchers can keep themselves and their colleagues safe as they return to their labs. But these plans can be daunting, sometimes providing too much detail and burying the most important information that individual PIs need to know. To help institutions craft more actionable ramp-up plans—and ensure they have taken the appropriate steps to safeguard researcher well-being—we have outlined the minimum health and safety measures they should enact for individual researchers.
To create a seamless reopening process and avoid future confusion, it is crucial that CROs develop plans that can easily scale up to serve a broader university-wide plans.
Research leaders recognize that whenever activity can ramp back up, it won’t be as simple as flipping a switch—instead, it will need to occur in phases and take into consideration capacity limitations. EAB recently surveyed 47 research leaders about how they’re deciding when to begin ramping research back up—and which researchers they plan on bringing back to campus first.
As research leaders begin planning to ramp back up on-campus research activity, they must consider how to safely resume operations. A critical component will be meticulously scheduling and tracking lab occupants and users.
The University Research Forum just completed a series of virtual roundtables focused on the research impact of COVID-19. From these conversations with our partners, we gained a sense of the “top-of-mind” issues for Vice Presidents of Research (VPRs) as they navigate the complexities of research amidst the coronavirus disruption.
How the federal government is responding to research needs during COVID-19—and what institutions can do to help themselves
If you’ve struggled to keep up with what’s happening in Washington, you’re not alone. It didn’t seem possible for the pace of information coming from Congress, the White House, and the agencies to increase, but that’s exactly what has happened. This brief provides a snapshot of what’s going on and—perhaps more importantly—what you and your team can do now regardless of what happens in D.C.
As the coronavirus crisis deepens its impact on higher education, leaders must tackle unprecedented questions daily. Read the insight for five of the most pressing questions facing senior research officers and their teams.
EAB has identified six ways campus leaders can support your administrative staff during COVID-19.