Research FAQ, COVID-19

Is my research at UPEI able to continue?
What is needed for a Research Plan for on-site research?
Is UPEI Research Services still operating as usual?
Has research funding been impacted?
I’m a graduate student at UPEI. What do I need to know?


Is my research at UPEI able to continue?

In some cases, yes.

All research that can be continued remotely and can be done in a safe manner (for example, does not require the gathering of people) can proceed.

However, any research that needs to be performed on-site with University resources (such as access to lab facilities) must be approved by your Dean. In addition, a research plan must be completed to ensure the research will be undertaken in compliance with all public health advice—including strict adherence to social distancing—and UPEI safety policies. The guidelines for research plans are available through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at lhammell@upei.ca.

What is needed for a Research Plan for on-site research?

Research plans for on-site research are needed to ensure the recommendations of the Government of Canada Public Health Agency, PEI Chief Public Health Office, and University Health and Safety practices are being addressed while we operate under essential services during the pandemic.

Research plan guidelines are available through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at lhammell@upei.ca.

Is UPEI Research Services still operating as usual?

Research Services staff are continuing to work as usual, but from home. They are available during regular business hours and are happy to provide services and supports as outlined online at UPEI Research Services.

Synapse staff are also working remotely to ensure continuity of service for UPEI researchers.

Has research funding been impacted?

UPEI has automatically extended any internal research account that expires before April 30, 2020 by three months.

If you are undertaking contract-based work with deadlines or pending deliverables that may be interrupted, please contact Research Services or the funder directly to request an extension.

Tri-Agency funding changes relating to COVID-19 can be viewed on the NSERC website, or you can contact Research Services for more information.

All UPEI travel has been suspended, including research-related travel. Therefore, any pending travel grant awards are postponed until further notice.

I’m a graduate student at UPEI. What do I need to know?

UPEI is committed to ensuring all our students progress in the most timely manner possible. All graduate students should discuss their research activities and progression of their work with their supervisor.

All graduate students should work remotely (i.e. from home) to enable social distancing.

Supports for graduate students are available through UPEI Health and Wellness Centre,  UPEI Student Affairs and UPEI International Students Office, as well as the student’s home Faculty Dean’s Office, and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Further research questions can be directed to your Dean, or the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at lhammell@upei.ca.