Important links and documentation in relation to a phased resumption of university research activities that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can be found below.
IMPORTANT: New Updates Concerning Research Activities:
- UPDATE: On-Campus Research, Human Participant Research, Off-Campus Research & International Travel ( May 2, 2022)
- UPDATE: Continuation of Mask Requirement and Updates to UCheck (April 26, 2022)
- UPDATE: Omicron Variant and Research Operations (January 5, 2022)
- UPDATE: Response to Omicron Variant (December 20, 2021)
- UPDATE: International Work Arrangements (October 22, 2021)
- UPDATE: Memorandum RE: Off-Campus Research (October 12, 2021)
- UPDATE: International Travel in the Course of University Business (October 6, 2021)
- UPDATE: Vaccination Guidance for Researchers (September 29, 2021)
- For the most up-to date information, visit the COVID-19 FAQ: https://research.utoronto.ca/covid-19
- Human Research Ethics - Review of Face-To-Face and Off-Campus (June 11, 2021)
- Face-to-Face COVID-19 Review Instructions for Senior Administrators (May 19, 2021)
- Implications on International Students/Postdocs in Fall (May 19, 2021)
Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Resources:
- EHS COVID-19 Weekly (Every Friday) Updates
- COVID-19 General Workplace Guideline (GWG)
- Standard UofT COVID-19 signage templates are now available through the EHS webpage (https://ehs.utoronto.ca/covid-19-information/) under the UofT posters for COVID-19 section. PIs and Lab Managers can print their own signs for usage in their labs.For bulk orders and floor decals, please send requests to email@example.com and EHS will work closely with the print shop on getting them printed.
- COVID19 Awareness Video for Research Laboratories
Human Research Ethics Resources:
Research involving human participants conducted by faculty, staff and students at or under the auspices of the U of T must be reviewed and approved by a University of Toronto Research Ethics Board (REB) prior to its commencement.
This review is to ensure that human participants rights and welfare are protected and respected, as well as to meet funding sponsor requirements.
Each institution within the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN) has their own independent REB. If human research will be conducted at a hospital and also involves the University (e.g. research to be used for a graduate student’s thesis, recruitment, data analysis), a TAHSN hospital REB review is required, followed by administrative review at the University.
More information on the human ethics review process -including how to submit human ethics applications- can be found here.
The University of Toronto’s Research Ethics Boards (REBs) are accepting all submissions of F2F human research as one of two separate review processes. The REB review process focuses as usual on human research ethics issues. The second review process by the Face-to-Face COVID-19 Review Committee (F2FCRC) focuses specifically on the COVID-19 health and safety risks of the research being proposed. Approvals from both review processes are required before F2F research activities can commence. Please see the detailed instructions for the submission process.
ADDENDUM TO ABOVE MEMOS: Researchers currently in other regions or countries conducting REB-approved in-person research, may continue, as long as they follow all applicable local public health directives and safety measures. If you have any questions/concerning regarding safety while conducting in-person research, please contact EHS.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, research and associated research staff in Grey Zone regions may not travel at this time to other regions or countries to conduct field research activities without a risk assessment being conducted by Occupational Health and Safety prior to travel; please contact EHS.email@example.com for further information and guidance. Final approval will be provided by the divisional research restart process, where there will need to be a justification for essential travel and essential research. If approved, please note, field researchers must ensure they are aware of and abide by any travel restrictions and local public health requirements at their research host location.
Human Research Ethics Documentation:
- Face-to-Face and Off-Campus (F2FOC) COVID-19 Review Form
- Protocol submissions and amendments: My Research Human Protocols (MRHP)
- Graduate Course Template – for Course-based Graduate Research
- Undergraduate Course Template
- Undergraduate Ethics Review Protocol Form – Student-initated Projects
- Quality Control/Assurance and Research Checklist
- MRHP Application worksheet – to Assist Researchers with Developing Protocols with Collaborators PRIOR to Submission through MRHP
Animal Research Ethics Resources:
Any instructor or Principal Investigator (PI) working with vertebrate species or cephalopods must submit an animal use protocol (AUP) to the appropriate Local Animal Care Committee (LACC) through the online system – My Research Animal Protocol (MRAP). The LACC is responsible for the review and approval of teaching and research protocols to ensure that all animal use is in compliance with institutional, municipal, provincial, and federal regulations and guidelines.
An AUP is required for all animal work (research and teaching) that will occur at the University of Toronto (U of T facilities) on campus or in the field (e.g. wildlife studies). Please see the Researchers’ Guides in the Forms & Download section of this page for more information. For teaching protocols, please see Pedagogical Merit Review for Animal Use for more information.
More information on the animal ethics review process -including how to submit human ethics applications- can be found here.
Animal Research Ethics Documentation:
- Protocol Submissions and Amendments: My Research Animal Protocols (MRAP)
- Pedagogical Merit Review Form
- Documentation of External Training Form
- Field Research Safety Planning Record
UTSC Research Restart Documentation:
UTSC Access Request Documentation:
Division of the Vice-President Research & Innovation documentation to guide the recovery and adaptation of research:
Principles for Research Recovery & Adaptation (Updated March 22, 2021)
- Approach for Research Recovery & Adaptation (Updated March 22, 2021)
- Guideline for Reopening Research Spaces (Updated March 22, 2021)
- U of T Guidance for the Recovery of Human Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Updated March 22, 2021)
Division of the Vice-President & Provost guidelines:
- Joint Provostial and Human Resources Guideline on Non‐Medical Masks (Updated March 3, 2021)
School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Research Re-Engagement:
- UPDATE: SGS memo re: Discontinuation of the Form: COVID-19 Graduate Students/Trainee Postdoctoral Fellows Acknowledgement
The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) has made the decision to discontinue the COVID-19 Graduate Students/Trainee Postdoctoral Fellows Acknowledgement: Conducting Research On-Campus or at Off-Campus Research Site form (attached for reference), which was required in earlier phases of the COVID-19 research restart process.
Support and Advice for Employees During COVID-19 Webpage
- The main page to access wellness supports for COVID-19 specific resources
- sections on mental and emotional wellness
- specific resources on anxiety, depression, stress, resilience and coping skills
Wellness and Work from Home Toolkit
- A work from home toolkit to assist with mental, physical, social and team wellness
- support for those working in isolation or in quarantine
- sections on productivity, ergonomics and technology
Employee and Family Assistance Program
- counselling, coaching and support available 24/7
- extensive online resources including tip sheets and online self-paced courses
- specialized help available for anxiety, depression, stress and developing resilience/coping skills
- COVID-19 and The Impact on Your Mental Health (Webinar Recording)
- topics include mental, physical, social and financial wellness
The Wellness Hub
- central source for all wellness services, supports, and resources available to employees across the three campuses and by a range of internal and external providers
Should you have any questions, please contact:
Dr. Anika Mifsud (SSHRC and related grants), OVPRI Research Administration Officer
Jason Darby (NSERC, CIHR and related grants), OVPRI Research Administration Officer