Under government and HSE guidelines, RCSI research staff are classified as essential workers and lab-based researchers are permitted to travel to and access RCSI buildings.
Access to any laboratory is on a strict rota basis arranged through your department or lab manager. While on campus, research staff must wear face coverings and maintain social distancing. All desk-based researchers are asked to work remotely, where possible.
Director of Research Professor Fergal O'Brien and the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) are sending regular email updates as the situation evolves and we ask that you continue to monitor your email account accordingly.
Technology solutions have been put in place to enable staff to work remotely, so please ensure you use these tools to maintain close contact with your colleagues and the continuity of research activities.
We are engaging with other universities and national funders to ensure that any negative impact of protracted access restriction to research facilities for researchers is minimised as much as possible.
The HRB, SFI and IRC have come together and issued a joint statement which says that they are “taking a pragmatic approach” to the challenges presented by COVID-19 to research. On a case-by-case basis, they will give consideration to budget reallocations or exceptional charges to grants arising from travel/other restrictions, no-cost extensions, as well as the restructuring of project deliverables and timelines for researcher mobility and collaborations where direct adverse impact has occurred.
RCSI secured HEA funding last year to support costed extensions for research staff and students whose projects have been disrupted as a result of COVID-19. The funding has been allocated to researchers and research students in greatest need on a competitive selection basis.
Other international funders have also made announcements addressed to grant applicants and grant holders. For example, the European Commission has indicated that beneficiaries may request an amendment for an extension of up to six months of initial project duration in response to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have any concerns about being able to meet the requirements of your research grant due to pandemic disruption, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are endeavouring to support healthcare providers with requests for certain instruments, reagents or PPE at this very challenging time. To ensure transparency, institutional oversight and no duplication of effort, please forward all such requests to Christopher Byrne.
The ORI was prepared for the possibility of working from home for some time and during the Campus closure we continue to support grant applications and post-award activities as normal.
You will be alerted of any major funding calls by email and upcoming deadlines can be found on the internal RCSI staff portal.
RCSI's HR Department will continue to work with you to progress your campaigns, however, it should be borne in mind that research laboratory facilities are restricted, and training is more challenging due to social distancing requirements.
Access to some laboratories is in high demand and researchers may have to work outside of normal working hours on weekdays. Principal Investigators who are recruiting new staff and postgraduates should first consult with lab managers and senior members of their team to ensure that training will be possible.
- Step 1: Please support our IT colleagues at this time by following the advice outlined in the online IT guides; these are accessible even if you do not have access to the network. You will find information in relation to setting up remote access, accessing your email from an Apple or Android device, using OneDrive and more.
- Step 2: If you require further support, please contact your IT super user. One of which has been nominated per department. If you do not know who your super user is, please contact your manager.
- Step 3: If your super user cannot provide assistant to resolve the issue, they are asked to escalate the issue (along with any others your colleagues may have encountered) with their nominated IT resource. Please do not contact the Helpdesk directly.