Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

Research Preparedness & Response

May 27, 2020

What’s New

  • As of June 1, the Phased Recovery Plan will steer university operations and guide the Roadrunner community as we increase on-campus research activities and doctoral training opportunities this summer.
    • Note compliance training must be completed prior to re-opening; and safety and disinfecting protocols must be followed as outlined.
    • Coming back to campus is completely voluntary for graduate students. Principal investigators and lab managers are responsible for making accommodations for students to feel comfortable working on-site on their research activities and doctoral training.  
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Current Situation

All REDKE staff continue to support protocol guidance and modifications; animal and safety support; and all grant proposal and management activities. New studies will continue to be reviewed according to regulatory and sponsor requirements.

Human Subject Research

Any face-to-face research with human subjects is temporarily suspended. Where possible, researchers should transition to remote interactions (e.g. phone, video) for all studies. Faculty should complete the Modification Application (HRP-203) prior to implementing any changes to their protocol, including this methodological change.
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Animal Care & Use

There is no disruption in the care and support of laboratory animals. The Laboratory Animal Resources Center (LARC) continues to support lab animals and university research needs.
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Grants & Contracts Management

Research Service CentersContracts and Industry Agreements and Sponsored Project Administration remain fully staffed and operating virtually. UTSA is implementing procedures to ensure all researchers have the ability to meet grant and contract deadlines and to support all PIs/co-PIs as needed.
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Laboratory On-Site & Remote Access

Guidelines and action items have been provided to minimize research disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Research Travel

Researchers should follow all UTSA guidelines for international and domestic travel.
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Student Research

To the extent possible, student progress toward their educational goals should be maintained and fully supported.
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Federal Guidance

Researchers should continue to follow all federal guidelines for Council on Government Relations, Office of Management and Budget, Federal Sponsor Guidance, USAID, Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.
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COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

There are several federal funding opportunities available specific to COVID-19. If you identify a funding opportunity that is not listed below, please send a link to the site and/or copy of the sponsor’s solicitation/guidance via LimitedSubmissions@utsa.edu (even if not a Limited Submission).
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