IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
In accordance with Chancellor Moloney’s announcement that UMass Lowell will scale back and minimize its on-campus presence for Fall 2020, the university will shift immediately to a modified Stage 3 research re-entry plan, referred to below as Stage 3B.
The original plan for Stage 4 was to move towards an almost fully open program in the fall. This shift is a recognition that maintaining low density for safety will be a longer term requirement due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. Hence, beyond our prior focus on urgent tasks, we wish to now support continuation of regular research activities, while maintaining low floor and building densities. Where reasonable, we also seek to limit opening entire buildings and floors if alternative functional locations can be identified that help to preserve staff and energy resources.
For Stage 3B, campus access continues to be restricted, but limited access will be permitted with advance approval and in compliance with requirements issued by the research re-entry committee and university for safety and other matters. Scheduling of lab or studio access days and times for each individual will, however, be done locally rather than by the committee.
Please note Stage 3B is an updated version of the Stage 3 plan with the following modifications and/or reminders:
All researchers who wish to apply for on-campus access during Stage 3B must complete or have previously completed the safety training provided by The New England Consortium (TNEC). Please visit the TNEC website to learn more and register for a training.
For those who wish to apply for re-entry or make modifications to their currently approved plan for Stage 3B, please complete the application for activities using research and scholarship spaces through InfoReady.
We are pleased to work with everyone to continue the positive momentum of the research enterprise while maintaining strict attention to the health practices that keep our community safe. If you have any further questions, please refer to our FAQ or email VCRI@uml.edu.
The UMass Lowell Office of Research Administration (ORA) provides assistance to faculty and research staff in all aspects of obtaining and managing external research funding. ORA helps to identify funding sources and submit proposals and is the authorized official for proposal submission and award negotiation. ORA assists with administration of grants and contracts from setup through award closeout.
ORA is located on the second floor of Wannalancit Mills. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The UMass Office of the General Counsel has developed additional guidance (pdf) regarding disclosures related to foreign influence on research.
Principal Investigators, Project Directors, and Key Personnel on NIH and NSF projects should pay particular attention to the referenced notices issued by those agencies on July 10, 2019 (NIH) and July 11, 2019 (NSF), which provide clarification about required disclosures and participation in foreign government talent recruitment programs. The University strongly recommends that researchers seeking sponsorship from other federal agencies also disclose such information.
A list of internal contacts is available to provide guidance on federally-mandated disclosures and other compliance issues.