DATE: March 12, 2020
FROM: David P. Norton, Vice President for Research
UF|Research is committed to supporting the research community as our institution addresses COVID-19.
While the university is requiring that all classes be moved online, there are currently no restrictions or limitations on research activities. Access to research facilities remains unchanged for faculty, staff, graduate students and others who are engaged in these activities.
UF|Research will continue to provide existing research support services for proposal submission, award management, compliance, animal care, and other functions.
Sponsored research should continue, with the understanding that some activities may need to be modified or performed at alternate workplace locations at some point. For individuals paid through a grant or contract, the expense allocation should continue so long as the individual continues to work on the project, either from campus or elsewhere. If challenges related to COVID-19 prevent the execution of activities supported on a grant or contract, please contact Stephanie Gray (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tiffany Schmidt (email@example.com) for guidance.
Researchers are encouraged to institute recommended practices that minimize potential exposure to COVID-19 within the research workspace environment. UF guidance and related links can be found at http://www.ufl.edu/health-updates/.
Additional guidance and updates regarding impacts on research and sponsored programs will be posted at https://research.ufl.edu/covid-19-updates.html