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WKU Research and COVID-19

This platform will serve as an hub for announcements regarding COVID-19 as it relates to research at WKU.  For WKU's plan of action, please refer to wku.edu/covid19.


Internal Announcements

A message from the Associate Provost for Research & Creativity

A message from Director of the Applied Research and Technology Program Director, Dr. Cathleen Webb

Internal Award (RCAP/FUSE) Guidance

Important Message for Active FUSE and RCAP Awards

Guidance on external grant travel from the Associate Provost for Research & Graduate Education


External Announcements


Federal Guidance

 Memorandum for Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by COVID-19
A letter from Grants Management Specialist Velma Lakins to FMLFPP Grant Recipients
Memorandums from DHS and DOD on Critical Infrastructure Workforce
The Department of Energy (DOE) issued the attached guidance implementing OMB Memorandum M-20-17.
This link provides a letter from, Chris Fall, Director of the Office of Science, with guidance for applicants and awardeeson accommodating interruptions due to COVID-19
Notice to Suppliers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory
A letter from Ben Goldhaber with guidance from the Administration for Children & Families (ACF)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) [NIH CAP], Larta Institute, and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) are pleased to present “An FDA Afternoon” online webinar.  This event is for HHS/NIH SBIR/STTR small businesses and others interested in learning more about how businesses can communicate and interact with the FDA and access FDA resources, as well as information and insights for what to consider when communicating with the FDA.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
 March 26, 2020 update - Dr. Michael Lauer is NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research. This link provides a video update from him on the flexibilities needed for COVID-19
Links posted on this webpage include guidance on:  Clinical Trials and Human Subjects research, Late Application Policy due to COVID-19, OLAW Webinar, and other various resources for NIH research faculty.
NIH Frequently Asked Questions page regarding COVID-19 

This is a letter from Program Director, Sheila Caldwell, regaring the annual NIH Visit Week progam. 

March 26, 2020 - NIH Late Application Policy due to the Public Health Emergency for United States for 2019 Novel COVID-19

This link goes to a virtual workshop on Strategies & Tools for Dealing with Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic from NIH/NIMH

This link from NIH/NIMH is a virtual workshop on managing stress & anxiety related to COVID-19
This link from the NIH/NIMH is a virtual workshop on Setting Reasonable Expectations & Healthy Boundaries for yourselves and with your supervisors. 
This link from the NIH/NIMH is a virtual workshop on Stress Management and Self-Care for Scientists during COVID-19 & beyond 

The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) Webinar on Pandemic Contingency Planning and Its Impact on Animal Care

This message from the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) contains links to their Pandemic Contingency Planning Webpage

This link provides a letter with FAQs Regarding Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidance for Research with SARS-CoV-2 and IBC Requirements under the NIH Guidelines. 

National Science Foundation (NSF)

 Guidance and RAPID Research regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for NSF Proposers and Awardees
This document contains a table of new extended NSF deadlines
A letter from NSF Acting Division Director, Carol Bessel, with embedded links regarding Loss of Operations due to COVID-19 guidance, Webinar information, and deadline extentions. 
NSF Education and Human Resources (EHR) Announcement from Assistant Director Karen Marrongelle 


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

This link provides communication and a library containing Frequently Asked Questions from NASA about Grants and Research during the COVID-19 Epidemic 


National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

New Application Guidelines from the NEA Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act 
Message from the National Endowment for the Arts Chairman, Mary Anna Carter

NEA FAQs and Information for Applicants and Grantees in response to COVID-19


National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

 This link provides guidance for NEH award recipients
Frequently Asked Questions for NEH Applicants and Grantee Impacted by COVID-19


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 Last Modified 5/28/21