Research activities

Please see below for pertinent information for Memorial researchers, including faculty, staff, students (undergraduate and graduate) and postdoctoral fellows.

What is the latest information related to on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants?

Dr. Neil Bose, Memorial’s vice-president (research), issued a new statement on March 30, 2021, regarding on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants.

How do I learn more about?

Memorial’s current COVID-19 Research Working Group (CRWG) Framework is available here. Information for researchers affiliated with the Grenfell Campus is here; information for researchers affiliated with the Marine Institute Campus is here; and information for researchers affiliated with the Labrador Institute is available here.

The framework for the St. John’s campus has been simplified from 5 activity levels to 3 levels (RED, YELLOW, GREEN) with the RED level corresponding to the existing activity level 5; the YELLOW level corresponding to the previous activity levels 4 and 3; and the GREEN level corresponding to the previous activity levels 2 and 1. The St. John’s campus will move to YELLOW Level of the COVID-19 Research Working Group (CRWG) Framework, effective Tuesday, March 16, 2021. The YELLOW Level request form for access to on-campus research spaces is available here, and the request form for fieldwork is available here.

I am currently doing my research remotely. What is changing?

Research being carried out remotely can continue. Researchers are encouraged to adapt their research activities using a technology solution that allows researchers, their collaborators and participants, to be involved from their homes. To learn more, you should refer to the following link.

Are there still restrictions to on-campus research spaces?

As announced on Feb. 17, Memorial will remain in a primarily remote environment while Newfoundland and Labrador continues to manage the recent COVID-19 outbreak. If you have specific requests related to the care for animals, please consult with Dr. Jennifer Keyte, university veterinarian and director of Animal Care Services, via email at

I am a graduate student who conducts research in Memorial’s labs. How am I affected?

All graduate students in research-intensive (e.g., thesis-based programs) should continue to work from home where possible. Meetings with supervisors should continue to be carried out using remote methods. Students cannot be compelled to be involved in approved research activities if they do not feel comfortable doing so. More information for graduate students can be found here.

How are the CREAIT Network labs affected by the closure?

At YELLOW Level of Memorial's COVID-19 Research Working Group (CRWG) Framework, the CREAIT Network will resume approved research activities while maintaining adherence to health and safety protocols, density limits and the guidelines set by the university’s COVID-19 Impact Scale. Approval by CREAIT for all research activities must be confirmed before researchers submit their COVID-19 On-Campus Research Request applications. Access to CREAIT facilities will be determined in consideration of these factors and will vary from laboratory-to-laboratory; due to density limitations, the majority of research will be carried out by CREAIT staff on behalf of researchers.

How is SIRI affected by the closure?

Staff with Memorial’s Strategic Institutional Research Initiatives (SIRI) unit are working remotely, and SIRI service delivery is fully operational.

I am a graduate student. What is happening to my funding?

The School of Graduate Studies baseline fellowship funding will continue without interruption. Researchers are strongly encouraged to continue funding their students for the foreseeable future.

When will I be able to conduct fieldwork?

You should refer to this update from the vice-president (research).

How do current building access restrictions affect my access to lab, research or teaching space?

For information, please see here.



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