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Page last updated 14:00, 1 September 2021

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, there will be challenges in carrying out our research mission as well as our educational mission. This webpage has been established, accessible from the TAMU.edu/coronavirus webpage, to provide regular updates for Texas A&M researchers. Guidance is provided in FAQ format to assist faculty and researchers on all campuses with active research programs in managing their ongoing research and planning for potential future limitations. Questions may also be submitted via the box below.

For additional information, please go to TAMU.edu/coronavirus for the most current Texas A&M University response concerning the coronavirus.

Remember all personnel should stay home if they experience any symptoms including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

 

Recent Announcements

Research Status and Plans Entering the Fall Semester - August 27, 2021

Research Guidance UpdateMay 20, 2021

Health and Safety in ResearchAugust 18, 2020

Research status and plans entering the fall semester - August 11, 2020

In-Person Undergraduate Research Guidelines - July 21, 2020

Plans for resumption of clinical and human participant research, education, and service activities - June 8, 2020

Guidance on Graduate Student and Undergraduate Student Researchers - May 20, 2020

 

COVID-19 Research

COVID-19 Federal Research Funding Announcements

Research Index for COVID-19

Texas A&M Responds: COVID-19

House representatives introduce bipartisan legislation to support U.S. research community during pandemic

Questions

Resources

Council on Governmental Relations

Institutional Resources on Ramping Up and Reopening
https://www.cogr.edu/institutional-resources-ramping-and-reopening

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/considerations.html
(The CDC emphasizes that “these considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which IHEs must comply.”)

Worldometer

(run by an international team of developers, researchers, and volunteers to make world statistics available to a wide audience around the world. COVID-19 data is collected from official reports, directly from government communication channels or indirectly through local media sources when deemed reliable. Includes live counters).

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

White House Guidelines-Opening Up America Again

https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica

Open Texas Checklists and the Governor’s Report to Open Texas

(includes Governor’s report as well as checklists for individuals and employers)
https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas/homepage

Texas Department of Health Services (DSHS)-COVID-19

(includes minimum standard health protocols for COViD-19 as well as information and links related to case counts, what to do if you are sick, testing information, symptoms and prevention tips: COVID-10 self-checker)
https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

CDC

(includes information on what to do if you are sick, cleaning, and disinfecting guidance)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Guidance on face coverings
(includes information on how to make a face covering)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Reopening guidance
(cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html

TAMU COVID-19 Guidance

(central hub for general information with FAQs and links to federal, state, local and university resources. Includes FAQs addressing a number of issues including travel, what the campus is doing about infection control; how to clean and disinfect; what to do if an employee is showing symptoms/signs consistent with coronavirus, etc.)
https://www.tamu.edu/coronavirus/index.html

TAMU HR employment related information concerning coronavirus

https://employees.tamu.edu/COVID-19

Reopening of Research Activities

1. Are protective measures still in place?
 
2. What hygiene procedures are required to work in Texas A&M research facilities?
 

Research Facilities/Laboratory Safety

EPA - Disinfectants for COVID-19

https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

CDC

(interim laboratory biosafety guidelines for handling and processing specimens associated with Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19))
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/lab/lab-biosafety-guidelines.html

(laboratory biosafety and COVID-19 questions and answers)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/biosafety-faqs.html

Penn State University

(cleaning guidelines for laboratories and research facilities)
https://ehs.psu.edu/sites/ehs/files/cleaningguidance-laboratory.pdf

OSHA

Worker exposure to COVID-19
(outlines classification of worker risk to COVID-19)
https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3993.pdf

Guidance on preparing workplace for COVID-19
https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

University of Washington

(COVID-19 risk level and selection of personal protective equipment (PPE)
https://www.ehs.washington.edu/system/files/resources/COVID-19-risk-ppe-selection.pdf

(guidance for face mask use)
https://www.ehs.washington.edu/system/files/resources/facemask-guidance-COVID-19.pdf

1. Are research laboratories and facilities open and operational? How is research affected by orders issued by state, counties, and cities?
 
2. What protective measure should I take for fall 2021 research activities?
 
3. What hygiene procedures are recommended for research locations/personnel?
 
4. Are Core Facilities open?
 
5. What types of precautions should researchers use when handling human material specimens in the research lab?
 
6. Working with COVID-19 positive or suspected positive human samples.
 
7. What disinfectants should be used in research labs?
 
8. Will offices of Research Compliance & Biosafety and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) be available if needed?
 
9. Will the Institutional Biosafety Committee continue to meet and review submissions?
 

Research Travel

1. What's the latest travel information?
 
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    Please refer to the University's Travel Guidance to get the most up-to-date travel information.

Proposal Submission & Award Management

1. My study may be impacted by the measures taken as part of TAMU’s COVID-19 response, which could lead to delays in completing my study by the end of the project period or end of the semester. What should I do?
 
2. Will my proposal be submitted to the sponsor by the deadline during the COVID-19 outbreak?
 
3. If the agency to which I intend to submit a proposal is closed due to a COVID-19 outbreak will my proposal be submitted by the deadline?
 
4. How can I reach my SRS contact?
 
5. Will I be able to get an extension on a proposal deadline in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak?
 
6. Where can I find COVID-19 related guidance from the National Institutes of Health in regards to proposal submission and award management?
 
7. Where can I find COVID-19 related guidance from National Science Foundation?
 
8. Can a principal investigator working remotely during self-isolation charge salary/effort on a federal grant?
 
9. What about guidance regarding travel and expenses related to COVID-19?
 
10. Will agencies consider longer no-cost time extensions if they are needed to finish a project after disruption?
 
11. Where can I find additional information on this topic?
 

Research Involving Animals

While research activities have resumed for all campuses, for operational continuity investigators should plan for how their experiments and animals will be appropriately managed in the event that one or more personnel become unavailable to work in the lab. Investigators who are unable, or become unable, to provide their usual level of care for their animals, should notify their animal facility staff immediately. While CMP and other vivaria staff will always provide health care, they may not be able to conduct experimental protocols, so please plan accordingly.

1. What plans does Texas A&M have for animal care?
 
2. How do I request animal care or other assistance?
 
3. What do I do if I have other questions?