COVID-related FAQs

I have a project with deliverables where I know I cannot meet the deadline. What should I do?

Please contact your project sponsor to discuss the potential of amending your project or requesting an extension. If you are unsure whom to contact, please submit an Amendment Event through the MUN Researcher Portal and one of the staff members from RGCS will be in touch by remote means to assist you.

I have an application due to a sponsor, but am worried that RGCS will not submit it on time because of delays in processing times. What should I do?

As of July 13, 2021, RGCS is piloting work-from-home for the 2021 calendar year and is open for business remotely. You should engage your academic unit as early as possible and ensure your application is submitted by the RGCS deadline.

I want to speak to a RGCS staff member but they may be working from home. How do I contact them?

If you know the individual you wish to speak with, please try their phone number and/or send them an email. They will contact you from there.

I want to meet with someone from RGCS. Is this still possible?

In keeping with the direction from Public Health Agency of Canada, RGCS has ceased face-to-face meetings. RGCS will be happy to have a conversation over the telephone or via a pre-arranged video conference.

Has Canada’s Tri-Agency released specific guidance?

Canada’s Tri-agency released the following message on COVID-19 on March 16, 2020. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is posting program information in relation to COVID 19 to its website. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) posted the following message from its president on March 20, 2020 and has created a COVID-19: Impacts on SSHRC's policies and programs webpage. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research posted the following message from its president on March 19, 2020 and regularly posts updates here online.

Can I request an extension to tri-agency grants because of COVID-19?

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) have released a Phase 2 approach for COVID in-time extensions; please see the following for more information

You can request an extension by logging on to the MUN Researcher Portal and launching an “RGCS – Amendment” event against that file. Please click here for more details on how to submit an event against your file.

I am a current recipient of an internal vice-president (research) grant (e.g., Seed, Bridge or Multidisciplinary Fund; Start-Up; Vitamin Fund; Artistic Creative; SSHCR Explore). My funding is currently expiring, or about to expire, in the next couple of months. Can I request an extension?

Memorial recognizes the impact of the evolving COVID-19 situation on our research community. Under these exceptional circumstances, researchers who have been awarded internal VPR grants that are expiring, or about to expire, may submit a request for an extension.

Approvals for extensions to internal VPR grants will evaluated and granted by the vice-president (research) or delegate on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the nature and duration of the anticipated research delay.

You can request an extension by logging on to the MUN Rsearcher Portal and launching an “RGCS – Amendment” event against that file. Please click here for more details on how to submit an event against your file.

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