April 10, 2020

In an effort to help provide clarification around the recent communications from the University's Budget Office regarding expense actions, FAQ's are being distributed to HRO's and FO's today to clarify amongst other things that extramurally funded research and sponsored activities that are deemed critical or that can continue remotely should continue. These FAQ's are now posted and accessible on OSP's wiki tool.

In addition to University guidance, please also see OSP's COVID-19 page containing some FAQ's related to sponsored projects as well as sponsor specific guidance related to administrative flexibilities afforded. Following up on our message to faculty, researchers and all of you last week, OSP's Project Officers stand at the ready to assist with project specific questions and with communications to our sponsors in coming weeks and months ahead as we assess impact, pivot and recalibrate where necessary.

We are also tracking closely the stimulus funding request poised to follow the CARES act and which has the potential to provide significant relief for our research workforce. More to come on these proposals as we proactively support efforts to resource science and discovery moving forward. We will keep updating all of these resources as fast and as best we can.

Our NYU is coming together to serve in so many ways: manufacturing and delivery of PPE to health care workers on the front lines, contributing to the study and evaluation of potential therapeutics and the development of potential vaccines, evaluating public response, “compliance” and impact of social distancing and other CDC recommended courses of action, even informing city, state and federal government response teams with data and metrics for plotting trajectories and using artificial intelligence for anticipatory modeling. Check out funded COVID-19 projects to date, and tune in to the many experts across the University informing the discussion on the impacts of the pandemic.

From all of us in Research Development and Sponsored Programs, we wish you a good holiday weekend. We are all here for you as you are there for all those you support. Most important, we are very much looking forward to seeing each of you in person at a future Research Administrator Forum.

Until then, please stay safe and in good health.

Nancy Daneau
Associate Vice Provost for Research