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FAQs

Research which is conducted online, does not require the research to be conducted on campus, and does not require any travel by the research team or the research participants can continue.

Research which requires travel to campus or another site (even if only one person is travelling) must not continue unless it meets the following criteria:

  • It is considered “Essential” as determined through consultation involving researchers and Departmental Heads or Institute Directors (or Deans where appropriate);
  • It has been approved as Essential by the Faculty Dean, and authorized for resumption as such by the VPRI;
  • COVID-19 research, in general, can proceed; however, any specific project needs to be approved as such by the Dean and the VPRI;
  • For designation as Essential, field research must provide satisfactory plans regarding travelling, field activities, participants, dates and schedules, emergency plans (e.g., regarding sickness), and where appropriate, approval by the hosting authority and/or community;
  • For designation as Essential, laboratory research must provide satisfactory plans regarding participants, dates and schedules, safety, physical-distancing, sanitization and disinfection of equipment and the laboratory; and
  • The details above must be updated and sent to the Dean when there are changes necessitated by circumstance; this information will be invaluable in the case of an emergency.

All research must conform to the criteria of safety and physical distancing.

For more information, please see the Continuation of Research during the COVID-19 Pandemic section of the COVID-19 Research and Innovation Guidance on the OVPRI website.

Yes, you can start a new research project on any topic. However, unless deemed, approved, and authorized as “Essential”, research must be conducted online, must not require the research to be conducted on campus, and must not require any travel by the research team or the research participants can continue.

“Essential” research is research that is considered to be critical, including COVID-19-related research, and/or time-sensitive in nature as determined through consultation between the researcher, Department Heads/Institute Directors, and where appropriate, the Faculty Dean.

Essential research must be approved by the Faculty Dean and authorized by the Vice-President, Research and Innovation before it can move forward.

To be considered Essential, field research must provide satisfactory plans regarding travel, field activities, participants, dates and schedules, emergency plans (e.g., regarding sickness), and where appropriate, approval by the hosting authority and/or community.

To be considered Essential, laboratory research must provide satisfactory plans regarding participants, dates and schedules, safety, physical distancing, sanitation, and disinfection of equipment and the laboratory.

All aforementioned details and plans for Essential field and laboratory research must be sent to the Faculty Dean, and updated when there are changes necessitated by circumstance.

For more information, please see the Continuation of Research during the COVID-19 Pandemic section of the COVID-19 Research and Innovation Guidance on the VPRI website.

The Flow and Zone analysis will be coordinated by the Dean’s office in each Faculty and will assess the safe, and physically distanced, flow of traffic and the relevant zones that can accommodate personnel returning to campus. The Flow and Zone analysis is to be undertaken to assist in determining the maximum capacity that can be safely accommodated in a phased in resumption of campus activities.

There are a growing number of funding opportunities to support COVID-19 research available. ORIS will continue to broadcast these opportunities to faculty as they arise.

In addition, information on Funding Opportunities for COVID-19 Research can be found on the VPRI website. You can also find information on funding opportunities by visiting the WE-Spark Health Institute COVID-19 Resources website.

If you are interested in applying for COVID-19 research funding, please contact Ingrid Qemo at iqemo@uwindsor.ca.

In addition to COVID-19 calls, many funding agencies are continuing to run existing grant competitions as usual. However, in some cases, funding agencies have adjusted their standard grant application deadlines and processes.

For information and updates on Tri-Council grant competitions, visit the CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC COVID-19 websites. Information and updates provided by other funding agencies is available on the Funding Agency Information and Updates page on the VPRI website.

In addition, ORIS will circulate important information and updates on grant competitions to faculty as they are received, and include them in the ORIS newsletter, Plugging into Research, to keep you up to date about upcoming deadlines.

If you have specific questions about applying for funding or changes to funding programs, please contact the relevant ORIS staff member (see Who should I contact to answer specific questions about my research funding? below).

The ORIS form that is required for each grant application can be completed and circulated for authorization, and signed digitally by the PI, AAU Head, Dean, and Executive Director of ORIS via email.

Once the ORIS form has been fully authorized, PIs should send the form and grant application to the relevant ORIS staff member (see Who should I contact to answer specific questions about my research funding? below) electronically and work with them to submit grant application as per funding agency specifications.

In some cases, it may be possible to request an extension for your Tri-Council grant because of COVID-19. For agency and program-specific information about extensions of Tri-Council grants, please visit the CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC COVID-19 websites.

If your grant is eligible and you would like to request an extension or would like to discuss your eligibility to apply for an extension, please contact the relevant ORIS Research Coordinator listed below:

ORIS staff are working remotely and will continue to provide their full suite of services electronically. If you have questions about new or existing research funding or initiatives, please contact the relevant ORIS staff member listed below:

  • For information on NSERC and programs related to science and engineering, contact Sara Kenno at sara.kenno@uwindsor.ca;
  • For information on institutional programs, including CFI, ORF, ERA, and other special large projects, contact Nicole Noël at nnoel@uwindsor.ca;
  • For information on CIHR, NIH, Seeds4Hope and programs related to health, including Covid-19-related initiatives, contact Ingrid Qemo at iqemo@uwindsor.ca;
  • For information on SSHRC and programs relating to the arts, social sciences, and humanities, contact Natasha Wiebe at nwiebe@uwindsor.ca;
  • For information on CRCs and internal programs, Contact Kate Rosser-Davies at krdavies@uwindsor.ca;
  • For information on contracts, agreements, IP, Overhead, OCE, and technology transfer, contact Vesna Kaps at vesna@uwindsor.ca;
  • For information on IP and technology transfer, contact Tina Suntres at tina.suntres@uwindsor.ca.

If you are unsure who to contact, email oris@uwindsor.ca and the appropriate staff member will respond.

Yes, you can still hire grant-funded research personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we ask that supervisors carefully consider and use the upmost discretion when appointing new and/or reappointing existing research personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic, and wherever possible and appropriate; supervisors are asked to holdoff on appointing new and/or reappointing existing research personnel until the pandemic has subsided and physical distancing measures have been lifted.

In the event that supervisors need to move forward with appointing new and/or reappointing existing research personnel, they should ensure that the appointee can work remotely, contributing to research that is conducted online, and does not require travel by the appointee or research participants.

Exceptions will be considered for “Essential” research, including COVID-19-related research. Guidelines for Essential research during the pandemic are available in the the Continuation of Research during the COVID-19 Pandemic section of the COVID-19 Research and Innovation Guidance on the OVPRI website.

The OVPRI and HR are continuing to appoint non-student and student grant-funded research personnel electronically. Requests for Research or Post-Doc Appointment packages and Student Hiring Authorization forms should be circulated for authorization electronically. Email confirmation of authorization will be accepted. Complete appointment packages for non-student research personnel that have been authorized by departmental/faculty one-ups and Research Finance should be submitted electronically to grantappts@uwindsor.ca. Student Hiring Authorization forms should be submitted electronically to hr@uwindsor.ca.

In some cases, it may be necessary to delay, cancel appointments that are currently underway, or rescind research appointments that have been issued but have not yet started.

If you have questions relating to the delay, cancellation, or rescinding of research appointments, please contact Amy Taylor in the OVPRI at Amy.Taylor@uwindsor.ca.

Please contact Tracy McLeod, Human Resources Manager, in the Department of Human Resources at Tracy.McLeod@uwindsor.ca with questions relating to student research appointments.

Yes, ORIS Partnerships and Technology Transfer staff are working remotely and continue to provide their full suite of services electronically. For more information on IP protection and technology transfer, please contact the relevant ORIS Partnerships and Technology Transfer staff member listed below:

  • For information on contracts, agreements, IP, Overhead, OCE, and technology transfer, contact Vesna Kaps at vesna@uwindsor.ca;
  • For information on IP and technology transfer, contact Tina Suntres at tina.suntres@uwindsor.ca;
  • For information on invention disclosure, technology evaluation and commercialization, and patent searches, contact Devinder Moudgil at dmoudgil@uwindsor.ca.

If you are unsure who to contact, email tto@uwindsor.ca and the appropriate ORIS Partnerships and Technology Transfer staff member will reach out to you to discuss your technology, provide guidance on the process, and work with you on your technology disclosure form.

Research Finance staff are working remotely and will continue to provide support online. If you have questions about new or existing grant accounts, please contact the relevant Research Finance staff member below:

  • Contact Miguel Pebenito at miguelp@uwindsor.ca if you are from the Faculty of Education; Odette School of Business; Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science; Faculty of Graduate Studies; Schulich School of Medicines & Dentistry; Cross Border Institute; EPICentre; or if your funding is from CFI;
  • Contact Paul Scobie at paul.scobie@uwindsor.ca if you are from the Faculty of Engineering; Faculty of Human Kinetics; Faculty of Law; Faculty of Nursing; Centre for Teaching and Learning; Open Learning; or the Leddy Library; or
  • Contact Phoebe Zheng at phoebe.zheng@uwindsor.ca if you are from the Faculty of Science; Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research; or Institute for Diagnostic Imaging Research.

If you are unsure of who to contact, email resfinance@uwindsor.ca and the appropriate Research Finance staff member will respond to your inquiry.

The University of Windsor implemented its Animal Care Pandemic Plan on March 26, 2020 to ensure that researchers and research animals are being cared for and that the safety of animal care staff, researchers, and students is prioritized.

The following guidelines are currently in effect:

  • Access to all Animal Care Facilities, including those in CACF, the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER), and the Freshwater Restoration Ecology Centre (FREC), will be restricted to animal-care staff and approved research staff only;
  • No new animals will be ordered or allowed into the facilities;
  • Male and female animals will be moved to separate cages to curtail breeding;
  • All experimental procedures involving research animals will be prohibited until the Covid-19 crisis has abated;
  • Researchers are being consulted to determine the relative value and priorities of individual animals and strains;
  • Some standard operating procedures may be amended as required at the discretion of the Operation Manager of CACF (or designate); and
  • If it becomes impossible to maintain all animals in the facility during the pandemic, the Operations Manager of CACF (or designate) may require the humane euthanasia of animals beginning with those of the lowest priority.

If you have specific questions regarding the care of your research animals, contact John Hudson, Chair of the Animal Care Committee, at jhudson@uwindsor.ca or Linda Sterling, Central Animal Care Facility Operations Manager, at L.Sterling@uwindsor.ca.

For more information on the Animal Care Pandemic Plan guidelines, visit the Animal Care section of the COVID-19 Research and Innovation Guidance on the OVPRI website.

The University of Windsor REB continues to review all new submissions for ethics review on a weekly basis, and is prioritizing research related to COVID-19 for rapid review.

The REB has suspended the need for submission of paper copies and is accepting all forms with electronic signatures, and will continue to review requests to revise, progress, and final reports, as well as unanticipated and adverse events as they are received. All submissions and communication to the REB should be sent to the ethics mailbox at ethics@uwindsor.ca.

The REB is available to researchers and study participants via email through the ethics mailbox at ethics@uwindsor.ca. You can also leave a voicemail for the Office of Research Ethics at 519-253-3000, extension 3948. Both the ethics email and voicemail are monitored daily by the REB Chair and Office of Research Ethics.

Researchers across our campus offer a wide variety of expertise and are engaged in COVID-19 research. For more information on the COVID-19-related expertise of our researchers, visit the COVID-19 Expertise section of the Fighting COVID-19 in our Community and Region page on the VPRI website.

To connect with a researcher, contact the OVPRI at vpri@uwindsor.ca.

The University of Windsor is committed to fighting COVID-19 through research and innovation, providing expertise, and supporting assessment centres, healthcare facilities, and frontline healthcare workers in our region by donating PPE, medical equipment, and other important supplies to hospitals in our community.

For more information, visit the UWindsor COVID-19 Research in the News and Community Contributions sections of the Fighting COVID-19 in our Community and Region page on the VPRI website.