RCA COVID-19 NDSU Research Guidance

While we do not yet know the full extent or impact that COVID-19 will have on NDSU research activities, even a relatively short disengagement affects the flow of our research and the resulting productivity. While the necessary precautions we are taking now will affect many aspects of our lives, it will not change NDSU's commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of our people. Our aim will be resilience through flexibility.

Following are the guidance documents sent to our research faculty and staff. After updates are sent electronically, they will be posted here.

All other questions should be directed to individual teams (contacts available in the documents) or submitted via our Contact Us form.

As this situation is rapidly changing, please refer to the NDSU COVID-19 Preparedness and Response page for additional information.


COVID-19 Federal Agency Guidance

Federal Guidance by agency related to COVID-19 grants


COVID-10 Funding Opportunities

All funding opportunities posted each Monday in the RCA Update are archived here.


Guidance for NDSU Principal Investigators for Researchers Paid on Federal Grants or Contracts During COVID-19 Pandemic

 This guidance should answer questions related to the impact of the pandemic on research activities and contains important items for you to consider moving forward.


RCA Events and Training

Information regarding RCA events and training changes related to COVID-19.


Research Continuity

This message from Margaret A. Fitzgerald, Ph.D., NDSU Provost and Jane Schuh, Ph.D., Vice President of the Office of Research and Creative Activity discusses items related to ensuring research continuity at NDSU.


Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Guidance

This message from Josie Hayden, Research Administrator, NDSU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, discusses items related to animal research activities at NDSU.


Institutional Review Board Guidance

This message from Kristy Shirley, CIP, Administrator / NDSU Institutional Review Board, discusses items related to human research activities at NDSU.


Sponsored Programs Administration Guidance

This message from Val Kettner, NDSU Associate Vice President/Sponsored Programs Administration, discusses items related to Sponsored Programs at NDSU.


NDSU Smart Restart Research Recommendations

Our goal during NDSU’s return to campus in the fall is to permit an increase in research activities while maximizing the safety of our faculty, staff, and students. Consistent with the state’s plan, NDSU plans to help control virus spread, assure worker and consumer safety, and inspire confidence. Therefore, the overall approach is based on establishing physical or temporal distancing for our various research spaces and, when appropriate, requiring use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Science N3C Data Enclave

The NCATS National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C) Data Enclave is a centralized, secure, national clinical data resource with powerful analytics capabilities that the research community can use to study COVID-19, including potential risk factors, protective factors and long-term health consequences. 

The N3C systematically collects data derived from the electronic health records of people who were tested for the novel coronavirus or who had related symptoms. The data, which are provided by participating partners and other collaborators after executing a data transfer agreement with NCATS, are harmonized and managed in a way that maintains the data’s validity while protecting patient privacy. The N3C makes the harmonized data available via a centralized, secure analytics platform. 

NDSU recently signed a Data Use Agreement (DUA) for access to this resource.  The process for accessing the system can be found in the Steps for N3C Access (PDF).

Upcoming webinar -  Building a COVID-19 Analytics Platform to Turn Clinical Data into Knowledge:  Introducing the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C).

For more information on this resource, please visit the N3C Data Enclave website.

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