Research Continuity Update VIII

This message to all faculty and staff has been approved by Dr. Gary K. Ostrander, Vice President for Research.

The Office of Research will have an eighth All-Campus Zoom Meeting on Research Activity on Tuesday, May 12, at 1:30 pm. As we have in the past, the meeting will begin with brief updates from VP Ostrander and AVPs Fulkerson and Peluso. We will then open the remainder of the meeting for Q&A. You will all be muted when you come into the meeting and you will have the opportunity to pose questions, which will be answered in real time, via the “Chat Function.” You are encouraged to only post questions that are of general interest to the group.

To join this meeting, please click here: Join Zoom Meeting.

As the state of Florida begins to slowly reopen, Florida State University is taking steps to incrementally expand on-campus research operations at this time. Our goal is to follow federal, state and local guidance to maintain health and safety while allowing for limited research activity.

As of May 6th, the university has allowed increased – yet still restricted – access to research facilities. Labs may have no more than 25 percent of their normal occupancy and must be arranged to allow for 6 feet between workers and less than one person per 100 square feet to allow for social distancing. Masks should be worn when in any campus building. Additionally, all meetings must continue to take place virtually. Before leaving their spaces, all employees should clean surface areas according to protocols provided by FSU Facilities. The CDC has posted guidelines that you may find useful at Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility.

The Office of Research has created a portal for researchers to access funding opportunities related to COVID-19, as well as other COVID-19 research related information. This site will be updated as new information becomes available. You can access the site by clicking OVPR Portal to funding opportunities.

Another great source of information is the frequently updated COVID-19 FAQ for Researchers website. You can access this site by clicking COVID-19 FAQ for Researchers.

Should you have specific questions related to issues you are encountering or anticipate encountering, please email Gary (, Laurel ( or Kerry ( as appropriate and we will get back to you as soon as possible.