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COVID -19: Office of Vice-President Research – Research Updates

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To all members of the Ontario Tech University research community:

The Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI), including the Office of Research Services and Brilliant Catalyst, are continually assessing the COVID-19 situation and will provide updates to the research community regarding potential impacts on the University’s research operations. We want to assure you that the University’s response is guided by the need to ensure the health of our community and, as much as possible, the continuity of our research activities.

As you are aware the situation continues to change quickly so researchers need to prepare to delay, scale back or stop research activities.  The University is encouraging social distancing to protect vulnerable individuals, reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and reduce the impact on our health care system. For many research environments, social distancing is a feasible measure.

 Faculty members have a responsibility to their staff, students and research participants to ensure that certain precautions are taken:

  • Stay informed of current Ontario Tech University COVID-19 information and research-specific guidance, ensuring that all relevant information is disseminated to applicable research staff and that the University’s guidance is adhered to
  • Reduce the risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19 by following all applicable public health precautions
  • Ensure that research is conducted safely and in accordance with applicable requirements and best practices

 We recognize you may have many questions, thus to help guide the research community FAQs have been created and will be reviewed and updated, as necessary, with the latest available information on how to minimize the impact on research operations across the University. If you have additional questions after reviewing these FAQs please email the appropriate VPRI contact for further support.  Please note that VPRI staff are working remotely until further notice; therefore, the best way to contact us for the time being is by email.  If your request is urgent please email

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of public health agencies. The University is continuing under normal operating procedures. All current information is located on the Ontario Tech University main page through its official communication channels:

  • University website (ca)
  • Ontario Tech Mobile App

The Office of Research Services will also update the Research website with the most up-to-date sponsor updates. In addition, we will continue to distribute this information via email.