ColoradoSPH recognizes that our community is eager to increase on- and off-campus research. While we continue to recommend telework and remote human subjects research as the preferred option, the campus is beginning a measured approach to ramping up research activities that cannot be completed remotely.
Off-campus research that involves contact with research participants is now allowed. ColoradoSPH worked diligently on a plan to bring back all research in a measured, safe way. ColoradoSPH faculty developed a set of ‘'best practices' for conducting research off campus. This document is being used by a campus-wide group, including members from our downtown campus, to develop a broader set of guidelines for off-campus research. Faculty members are required to:
We anticipate that responsible faculty members will be required to:
Considerations when preparing a plan:
Principal Investigators are responsible for monitoring safety plans and ensuring the impacts of non-compliance are mitigated. Unit level supervisors should be notified when non-compliance occurs.
ColoradoSPH faculty, research staff, and volunteers at all locations share responsibility for the public health safety of others and for themselves. This responsibility extends to the community external to ColoradoSPH. Supervisors at every level are responsible to understand the risks to employees, and to prepare employees to control the risks. The ColoradoSPH community also leads the way in extending the public health safety principles applied within the school to people outside of the school.
In addition to reviewing school and university guidance, employees conducting research should also check with the institutions that they are applying for funding from or receive funding from such as the National Institutes of Health or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have compiled a list of granting organizations and links to changes in requirements to their existing and new funding opportunities due to the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have any specific questions regarding your grant, please contact your funding institution directly.