The University at Buffalo is monitoring the COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus) situation carefully and is taking proactive and prudent measures to ensure the health and safety of the UB community in accordance with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We are pleased to inform you that UB’s research administration and support infrastructure is 100% operational with employees working remotely from home.
Research and Economic Development has been working in conjunction with faculty and staff collaborators throughout the University to develop an operational plan to resume research on campus.
We are providing information and resources relating to research administration to assist in navigating the impact of the COVID -19 crisis on your sponsored activities. This information will be updated as new information is received.
UB’s research administration and support infrastructure is 100% operational with employees working remotely from alternative worksites.
Currently, payment forms are received in SPS as hard copy documents. (Payments are defined as: Cash Advance Requests, Independent Contractor setup and payment forms, Non-Employee Reimbursements, Participant Stipends and Subject payments.) Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we have determined that there is a need to adjust the process to ensure continuity of services as we work from alternative worksites.
Until further notice, the following process should be followed for Sponsored transactions which would normally be received as hard copies.
Currently IDIs are received as hard copy documents. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we have determined that there is a need to adjust the process to ensure continuity of services as we work from alternative worksites.
Until further notice the following process should be followed:
To accommodate remote work from alternative worksites Sponsored Projects Services will be adjusting (details coming soon). Please email OVPR.SPSMail@research.buffalo.edu if you require guidance.
Additional information on University Business Services status can be found on the Administrative Gateway.
Provides guidance regarding telecommuting requirements. Additionally, Research Foundation employees may obtain additional information from the RF Central HR FAQs.
Per OMB 20-17, Federal awarding agencies may allow recipients to continue to charge salaries and benefits to currently active Federal awards consistent with the recipients' policy of paying salaries (under unexpected or extraordinary circumstances) from all funding sources, Federal and non-Federal. The document, Continuation of Salaries and Fringe under unexpected or extraordinary circumstances, outlines the Research Foundation for SUNY’s policy during these circumstances.
The Research Foundation for SUNY has provided FAQs for employees to understand what options are available to them; these are updated as needed. Additionally, UB's Human Resources (HR) has provided information relating to the COVID-19 emergency and you should contact HR if you have questions.
If you are seeking guidance for a specific expenditure on a sponsored project, please reach out to your SPS Award Analyst to determine allowability.
As of close of business (COB) on 3/24/2020, the University at Buffalo’s non-essential research was placed into “hibernation.” Please review the information below to guide you when you should contact Human Resources (HR) for information and/or guidance related to project staff paid from sponsored activities.
Information is available on the Administrative Gateway site.
Many Federal and non-federal sponsors are providing extensions for proposal submissions. See Below under sponsor specific guidance regarding late submissions or sponsor extensions of deadlines.
The Clinical Research Office and Office of Research Compliance websites offer information on Human Subject research
Recent communication from VPRED, Venu Govindaraju, provides guidance surrounding essential research activities, including animal studies. Specific questions may be directed to email@example.com.
University Facilities experts are able to assist you regarding the laboratory environment. Look up the specific expert to help you.