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Plans are underway to resume research on SFU’s campuses to full capacity, while ensuring the safety of students, faculty and staff. Find the latest research updates, activities and resources.

Research stages

SFU’s four-stage campus recovery plan will guide our return to campus and consider factors including rate of community transmission, rate of vaccination and public health orders. For research, the four-stage plan provides broad guidelines on staffing density, on-campus research and fieldwork, access to buildings and meeting rooms.

Stage 1

Density1

Minimum staff required to provide critical support

On Campus

By exemption only: research/critical maintenance of equipment/experiments, approved by VPRI

In-Person Human Participants Research (HPR)

Approved exemption for in-person Human Participant Research only

Fieldwork/Off-Campus Sites

Approved exemption; low-risk COVID-19 exposure off-campus research only2; Field Activity Plan (FAP) and COVID-19 Safety Plan required

Building Access

Restricted building access

Research Meetings/Seminar Rooms

No use of space allowed

1 Density on campus is based on space capacity and commensurate with safety physical distancing requirements; however, modifications are permissible upon Safety Plan approval from the Dean

2 Low risk COVID-19 exposure field activity may include local (no overnight accommodation); facilities are close to medical facilities; not near vulnerable communities; local services not required (minimal interaction); personal, individual transportation can be taken to the site (details)

Stage 2: Active

Density1

10%-40%

On Campus

Approved on-campus research activities with safety and risk mitigation plan; approved by Faculty

In-Person Human Participants Research (HPR)

Minimal intervention HPR only, with safety and risk mitigation plan and updated ethics protocol2

Fieldwork/Off-Campus Sites

Medium risk COVID-19 exposure activity3 may be approved; Field Activity Plan (FAP) and COVID-19 Safety Plan required

Building Access

Restricted building access; research space access available with approved Safety Plan

Research Meetings/Seminar Rooms

No use of space allowed unless approved by exemption by the Dean; approved Safety Plan

1 Density on campus is based on space capacity and commensurate with safety physical distancing requirements; however, modifications are permissible upon Safety Plan approval from the Dean

2 Minimal intervention may include: 1:1 interviews in an appropriate space, or small focus groups that can maintain required distancing. All in-person HPR, on and off campus, requires an HPR safety plan approved through the Office of Research Ethics (ORE) processes. The HPR safety plan details how procedures will be modified to take participant safety into account

3 Medium risk COVID-19 exposure field activity may include travel with multiple stops; overnight accommodation with restrictions (no shared rooms); shared equipment or vehicle possible with approved disinfection and cleaning protocols; strenuous activities

Stage 3

Density1

40%-80%

On Campus

Approved on-campus research activities with safety and risk mitigation plan; approved by Faculty

In-Person Human Participants Research (HPR)

High intervention HPR permitted with safety and risk mitigation plan in place and updated ethics protocol2

Fieldwork/Off-Campus Sites

High risk COVID-19 exposure activity3 may be approved; Field Activity Plan (FAP) and COVID-19 Safety Plan required

Building Access

Limited building access; research space access available with approved Safety Plan

Research Meetings/Seminar Rooms

Limited use of space allowed; on approval of Chair/Director; approved Safety Plan

1 Density on campus is based on space capacity and commensurate with safety physical distancing requirements; however, modifications are permissible upon Safety Plan approval from the Dean

2 High intervention may include sustained physical contact, high intensity, or high risk of aerosol generation (e.g. exercise testing or respiratory function testing)

3 High Risk COVID-19 exposure field activity may include longer distance travel; physical distancing difficult

Stage 4

Density1

80%-100%

On Campus

In-person research activity without restrictions; approved by Chair/Director if safety plans required

In-Person Human Participants Research (HPR)

Commensurate with local, provincial and national protocols; ethics approval required

Fieldwork/Off-Campus Sites

Commensurate with local, provincial and national protocols; Field Activity Plan (FAP) required

Building Access

Commensurate with local and provincial restrictions

Research Meetings/Seminar Rooms

Commensurate with local and provincial restrictions

1 Density on campus is based on space capacity and commensurate with safety physical distancing requirements; however, modifications are permissible upon Safety Plan approval from the Dean

Resources

Research FAQs

View our research FAQs which address key current questions related to the continuity of SFU’s research activities.

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Ethics

Weekly remote research ethics help sessions are offered to SFU researchers with SFU Research Ethics Officers, Monday-Thursday, 1-2 p.m.

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Funding

Please consult the funding and awards opportunities database for the most current research grant and faculty award opportunities.

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APPLICATIONS

For application development support through the full lifecycle of a research project contact SFU’s Research Services (ORS) team.

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Contact

Looking for more information or have questions about SFU’s COVID-19 response?

Email: sfu-research@sfu.ca