COVID-19 Research Resources

This webpage is intended to provide guidance and resources for the Colorado State University Research Community to assist in planning for impacts and to help ensure research continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If your question is not answered on this page, please email us at VPR_ResearchContinuity@colostate.edu. We will directly answer your question and post your question and the answer on this page. Please visit this page frequently as answers and policies can evolve rapidly.

Research Continuity Open Forums

The Office of the Vice President for Research will host weekly Research Continuity Open Forums to answer your COVID-19 Research questions. View the VPR event calendar to find upcoming Open Forum details.

  • June 18, 2020 Open Forum (View)
  • June 11, 2020 Open Forum (View)
  • June 4, 2020 Open Forum (View)
  • May 29, 2020 Open Forum (View)
  • May 22, 2020 Open Forum (View)
  • May 15, 2020 Open Forum (View)
  • May 8, 2020 Open Forum (View Part 1, View Part 2)
  • May 1, 2020 Open Forum (View)
  • April 22, 2020 Open Forum (View)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Am I required to shut down my lab?
A: Yes. All on-campus, non-essential activity must be on March 23, 2020 with the exception of essential research activity that has been approved by your college Associate Research Dean.

 

Q: What research activity is considered “essential” during this time?

A: In order to protect our community, all non-critical research labs and other non-critical research facilities have moved to virtual operations as of Monday, March 23. Clinical labs will continue to provide services. Critical research and critical research operations are those which, if halted, delayed or interrupted, could result in:

  • Endangerment to human subjects or pose unreasonable risk to human subjects;
  • Endangerment to animal subjects or pose unreasonable risk to animal subjects;
  • Loss of experiments or data that will be impossible to replicate or could benefit the pandemic response effort; and/or
  • Loss of instrumentation, infrastructure, and/or an unsafe/unsecured laboratory environment or other catastrophic loss.

Q: Can researchers conduct their research off campus?

A: Employees already working from home do not need to cease work.

  • President McConnell has moved most University operations online and virtual. Please see her message to campus on this topic.
  • Wherever possible, we encourage everyone to engage in work activities that can be performed remotely, such as professional development, training, policy and Standard Operating Procedures development, etc. Talk to your supervisor about any ideas you have that are not your usual work but would still advance your work or university functions.
  • Only research that is deemed critical can continue within research facilities and in the field. Please see the Research Continuity Guidance during COVID-19 Pandemic for further details specifically detailing critical research personnel and critical research operations designations.
  • All university international and domestic travel, including travel within Colorado, that has not yet commenced is suspended effective March 23.
  • We will re-evaluate and issue further guidelines later this spring. Exceptions may be granted based on critical need.

 

Q: If I support research, but do not technically conduct research do I still need to do my work virtually?

A: Yes! President McConnell has decided to move most operations online and virtual.

Only laboratory and/or fieldwork that is deemed critical can continue. Only researchers designated as essential may conduct such work.

 

Q: Am I allowed to travel to off-campus research meetings?

A: All university international and domestic travel, including travel within Colorado, that has not yet commenced is suspended effective March 23.

We will re-evaluate and issue further guidelines later this spring. Exceptions may be granted based on critical need.

 

Q: Can I continue my remote field research?

A: Research activities that are deemed very low risk because they are performed in remote locations and thus are consistent with social distancing guidelines may be conducted while essential-in-place orders are active if approved by department heads and deans. All mandated public health safety restrictions must be observed and university travel approvals are required.

Q: Can GRAs be funded if they work remotely and produce results?

A: Yes! You can still get paid if you work remotely and produce results. Please consult the Office of Sponsored Programs website for further details and the latest information from federal (and other) funding agencies. Wherever possible, we encourage everyone to engage in work activities that can be performed remotely, such as professional development, training, policy and Standard Operating Procedures development, etc. Talk to your supervisor about any ideas you have that are not your usual work but would still advance your work or university functions

 

Q: What financial arrangements are being made for students/non-student hourlies who are now unable to work?

A: Information for student employment can be found on the HR website.

 

Q: Does the suspension of on-campus research apply to graduate student research?

A: Yes! This suspension of non-critical research applies to all researchers, including graduate students. Specific information for graduate students can be found at the graduate student website. Wherever possible, we encourage everyone to engage in work activities that can be performed remotely, such as professional development, training, policy and Standard Operating Procedures development, etc. Talk to your supervisor about any ideas you have that are not your usual work but would still advance your work or university functions.

Q: Will foreign research assistants continue to receive stipends if they are still working virtually and still in the United States?

A: Yes! In regards to your specific case, please consult the Office of Sponsored Programs, and also the HR website for specific information that may be relevant to your case. Specific information for graduate students can be found on the graduate school’s website.

 

Q: Our lab was notified that our research sponsor is unwilling to change our project timeline. What should we do?

A: Please consult the Office of Sponsored Programs for more information regarding the latest guidance from a range of sponsors. Send the information received from a sponsor that is unwilling to change a project timeline to Diane Barrett, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs (diane.barrett@colostate.edu).