Research & Sponsored Program Development
COVID-19 Related Research & Creative Activity Information
UPDATED - March 25, 2020
We appreciate the steps our faculty and staff on campus are taking to help us collectively navigate this situation while prioritizing safety, continuing instruction, and maintaining continuity in our research and creative activities. We appreciate your cooperation, and, as always, please do not hesitate to reach out to our staff with questions or other information that might be helpful in our efforts. The Office of the Vice President, Research & Sponsored Program Development (RSPD), Research Compliance & Ethics, EPSCoR and Grants & Contracts Accounting activities are continuing, though nearly all our staff is working remotely. Please rely on email, phone, or Zoom for interactions with our staff and send all documents in electronic format.
Animal Care & Use Facilities
At this time, the operations of our animal care & use facilities are continuing as expected.
All in-person data collection activities for human research studies that involve direct contact with participants (including but not limited to: face-to-face interviews, focus groups, observation, assessments, etc.) is suspended at this time. Any request to continue in-person data collection must be approved by your Dean, the Vice President for Research & Economic Development, and the President. As indicated in the VPRED update sent to campus on March 16, 2020, principal investigators wanting to continue work on these studies may switch data collection activities to online/virtual platforms without submitting a protocol change request through the UND IRB approval process. Guidance for conducting human subjects research studies online is available on the Institutional Review Board webpage.
Ramp Down Decisions
While faculty research and creative activity should continue as normal as possible at this point, faculty should review their plans and/or work with their research teams to arrange research activities to take place remotely to the degree possible. In situations where that is not possible, please exercise caution and keep interaction and staffing to the minimum necessary to continue research and creative activity. Please communicate thoroughly with any graduate students or undergraduate students who are involved in your research. You will not need approval to keep your students working on research, but you should know that the same does not necessarily hold for students working on non-research activities. While the university remains open, buildings will have limited access. At this point, buildings likely will be locked, but keys, cards and fobs should remain functional, and you should have access to your labs, offices and necessary research facilities.
Extension for Online Proposal Submission
Mandatory use of our online proposal submission system has been extended to June 1, 2020. The system remains live and available at this time and we encourage you to utilize the system to prepare your proposals. However, PIs will not be required to use of the system for proposal creation and routing until June 1, 2020. Any questions regarding the system can be directed to Michael Sadler at 7-4152 or michael.p.sadler@UND.edu. General questions regarding proposal preparation and submission can be directed to Karen Katrinak at 7-2505 or karen.katrinak@UND.edu.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
Unviersity of North Dakota
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidance to Federal Agencies
Council on Government Relations (COGR)
Research & Sponsored Program Development Operations
The Office of Research & Sponsored Program Development works to support the One UND Strategic Plan and its goal to enhance discovery at a level consistent with research intensive universities (Carnegie R1).
The Office administers the proposal submission and award negotiation processes for sponsored funding applications on campus. The research functions managed by the Office include:
- Proposal development
- Proposal review
- Proposal submission
- Notice of award receipt
- Negotiation and Execution of Awards & Sub-awards
- Temp Requests
- Award modifications, including:
- Budget Modifications
- No Cost Extensions
- Change of Principal Investigator
- Change of Scope
Members of the UND community are also welcome to stop by to see us in person at the Tech Accelerator located along 42nd Street, between the Hilton Garden Inn and the railroad tracks.
New Proposal Transmittal Form
The Division of Research & Economic Development has updated the proposal transmittal form. Effective 3/29/19, we will no longer be accepting the old proposal forms, so please make sure you communicate with your faculty and staff. We appreciate your help in implementing this change.