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Guidance and Recommended Practices for Working with Inactivated SARS-COV-2 Materials

BACKGROUND & PURPOSE Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS CoV-2) is a newly identified viral pathogen that causes the disease COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus Disease-2019). SARS CoV‐2 is a positive strand, or sense strand, single-stranded RNA virus. SARS‐CoV-2 is highly infectious and has affected millions of people worldwide resulting in a pandemic.  Boston University has […]

Zoom Training Documents

This page has the powerpoint slides and breakout room handouts for the Zoom training sessions. Presenters would need to provide the links to the breakout room activities in the group chat window and ask people to open them up prior to sending people into their breakout rooms. Effort Training Effort-ZOOM (ppt) Poll-SARF (word) BOR-Activity-1 (word) […]

RPPR Calculator Tool

This tool will help Department Administrators calculate unobligated balances, with tabs for awards under expanded authority and awards not under expanded authority. These balances can be used to complete the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). Calculator Tool for RPPR with EXAMPLES_6-2020 If you have any questions, contact your PAFO RA. Training resources Presentation Slides Recording […]

Back2BU Research: Human subjects & symptom screening

Research Community Steps Up for Coordinated Recovery Effort Researchers return to campus in phases, at reduced density The gradual reintroduction of on-campus research continues, with 315 research groups approved to return to campus and faculty principal investigators (PIs) submitting recovery plans on a rolling basis. Faculty PIs should refer to guidance from the Office of Research for activating research […]

PPE Allowance FAQs

Am I allowed to charge PPE to my Grant? As mandated by Boston University, masks are mandatory inside all BU buildings at all times except when eating, and outdoors when physical distancing of at least six feet isn’t possible.  Lab personnel should remove their cloth face covering before entering the lab and wear a dust/paper […]

COVID-19 Research FAQs: Fringe Rate

Q: How does BU normally set its fringe benefit rates with the federal government? Fringe benefits are non-salary costs associated with compensation for employees, including health and retirement plans. On a biannual basis, BU sets its fringe benefit rates for two-year periods to allocate fringe benefit costs on federal grants. BU estimates fringe benefit rates […]

COVID-19 Research FAQs: Working with Sponsored Programs and PAFO

Are Sponsored Programs and Post Award Financial Operations staff working? Yes. Sponsored Programs (SP) and Post Award Financial Operations (PAFO) staff are all working remotely. They are receiving emails and calls to their office phones are being forwarded to their cell phones. Proposals are being submitted daily and are the priority of SP. Mail is […]

COVID-19 Research FAQs: Additional Considerations

Q: How can I order equipment or supplies to my home address while working remotely? Refer to Sourcing & Procurement guidance: https://www.bu.edu/sourcing/covid-19-updates Shoppers should continue to follow IS&T and BU Sourcing & Procurement guidelines and order from one of our contracted IT suppliers for computers and peripherals. We encourage the use of the Terrier Marketplace where […]

COVID-19 Research FAQs: Animals / Human Subjects

See also: CRC IRB Guidance: https://www.bu.edu/researchsupport/2020/03/11/irb-coronavirus/ BUMC IRB Guidance: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/irb/faqs-impact-of-covid-19-on-human-subjects-research/ Animal Science Center Guidance: https://www.bu.edu/researchsupport/2020/03/26/animal-science-center-covid/  Q: How should research labs focused on human subjects research prepare for the impact of COVID-19? Given Boston University and State of Massachusetts public health directives, Charles River Campus researchers must make alternative plans for projects that involve in-person interactions with research participants. In-person interactions […]

COVID-19 Research FAQs: Continuing Obligations

Q: Will NIH accept late progress reports and financial reports where delays are due to the effects of COVID-19? NIH issued Guide Notice NOT -OD – 20-086 on March 12: If you are unable to complete and submit a financial and RPPR by the scheduled due date, due to the effects of COVID-19, please contact your SP RA for late progress […]