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COVID-19 and Research

The University has designed a four-phase back to research plan that started on May 4th. The plan focuses on three core areas of research, including lab/studio work, field research, and research involving contact with human participants. The phased approach to returning to research activities will be closely monitored in relation to the Government of Saskatchewan’s future COVID-19 public announcements, and dates will be adjusted accordingly.

The University is now in Phase 3 of the Return to Research Plan. Phase 3 builds upon Phases 1 and 2 (refer to Appendices B and C). And, it represents a substantial change as Phase 3 moves to off-campus research and begins to consider non-U of R (community members) coming onto campus for research activities. As restrictions are still in place for Phase 3, all activities within the three core areas of research (lab/studio work, field research, and research involving contact with human participants) require the approval of the Vice-President (Research) before proceeding. Please note that the form is not necessary for any work which can be done remotely, with no data collection or analysis in person or in the field.


Return to Research Plan

Return to Research Plan (UPDATE)

Applications for risk assessment

A new email has been established to track risk assessments more easily. Please use for submission of forms and all enquiries. Complete the Research Risk Assessment in Support of Research Continuity Form (UPDATE) and submit to the Research Office ( Forms from Engineering should be sent to If the request is for student research, their supervisor should complete the form and submit on the student’s behalf. Researchers should also complete a schedule indicating when research personnel are in the lab. The following template can be used. (Sample Schedule Spreadsheet) File


If your project was previously approved, but you want to add students, add/change locations, or amend the original time frame, please use the Amendment Form. Completed forms should be sent to for review, with the exception of applications from faculty in Engineering and Applied Sciences. Forms from Engineering should be sent to

Helpful tips for your submission

The Research Office will distribute the form to the Research Risk Assessment Committee and the Dean, and will do a compliance review of the project. A final decision on whether the project can proceed will come from the Vice-President (Research).

The Committee will deliberate and provide a recommendation to the Dean. The recommendation could
include any conditions and/or protective measures to be followed. Faculty members are advised to follow the
Research Safety COVID 19 Guidelines

Students should consider whether taking part in the proposed research activity exposes them to an acceptable level of risk for their personal circumstances. All students who agree to participate need to sign the Research Personnel Acknowledgment Form and provide a copy to their supervisor.

FAQ's for Researchers and Graduate Students

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Risk Assessment Committee meetings and deadlines: 

Deadline for Submission Committee Meeting Expected Decision
Monday, September 7, 2020 Thursday, September 10, 2020 September 24, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020 Thursday, September 17, 2020 October 1, 2020
Monday, September 21, 2020 Thursday, September 24, 2020 October 8, 2020
Monday, September 28, 2020 Thursday, October 1, 2020 October 15, 2020
Monday, October 5, 2020 Thursday, October 8, 2020 October 22, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020 Thursday, October 15, 2020 October 29, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020 Thursday, October 22, 2020 November 5, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020 Thursday, October 29, 2020 November 12, 2020