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Internal Communications

Research-Specific Internal Communications
Please note that some of the links below require an internal connection.

DATEAUTHORMESSAGE CONTENTSRELEVANCE
July 29Brad WoutersUpdates on remote sponsor monitoring, lab-based research restart and other itemsAll research staff
July 15Harry JanssenDetails about the Phase 2 restart of on-site clinical research, which begins on July 20, 2020 All staff involved in on-site clinical research
July 3Brad WoutersUpdates on restarting lab-based and clinical researchAll research staff
June 16Brad WoutersInformation on restarting clinical researchAll clinical research staff
June 12Brad WoutersPreparing for Phase 2 of lab-based researchAll research staff
June 5Brad WoutersStatus update on restart of lab-based researchAll research staff
June 5Brad WoutersUpdate on summer studentsResearchers planning to onboard summer students
May 29Brad WoutersBeginning of Phase 1 for restarting lab-based researchAll research staff
May 22Brad WoutersUpdate on plans to restart lab-based researchAll research staff
May 22Brad WoutersFollow-up on federal support for Canadian researchAll research staff
May 15Brad WoutersAnnouncement of federal support for Canadian research; link to Prime Minister's announcement hereAll research staff
May 10Brad WoutersUpdate on plans for restarting research and summary of existing resources for conducting research remotelyAll research staff
May 3Brad WoutersExtension of shutdown of non-essential research and creation of Research Restart CommitteeAll research staff
April 22Brad WoutersUpdates on clinical research, including an interim solution for remote sponsor monitoringClinical researchers
April 17Brad WoutersReview of new interventional, observational or biomarker COVID-19 research studies by the COVID-19 Clinical Research Committee (CCRC)Researchers initiating interventional, observational or biomarker COVID-19 research studies
April 9Brad WoutersRedeployment Guide for Research StaffAll research staff
April 7Janet Tapping, Research Financial ServicesExtension of Pcard submission deadline to May 4, 2020All research staff with Pcard submissions
April 2Brad WoutersExtension of shutdown of all non-essential research at UHNAll research staff
April 1Brad WoutersUpdates to guidance on essential clinical research, including guidance on submitting the new Notice of Change to Protocol Conduct form to the REBClinical researchers
March 30Sarah Muttitt, VP and Chief Information OfficerOfficial launch of Microsoft Teams at UHN for peer-to-peer conferencing and collaboration, including a quick start guideAll UHN staff using Microsoft O365
March 27Margaret Kinyanjui, StRIDe / Province of OntarioFunding announced to support COVID-19-related research. To apply, fill out the proposal form and email it to UHN's StRIDe.Researchers conducting COVID-19-related projects
March 25Janet Tapping, Research Financial Services (RFS)Email detailing changes to the research invoice and Pcard statement submission processes to accomodate disruptionsThose submitting a research invoice or Pcard statement
March 20Sarah MuttittTips on working from homeAll research staff working remotely
March 19Clinical Research Working GroupGuidance for researchers performing essential clinical researchClinical researchers
March 19Brad WoutersUpdates regarding impacts of COVID-19 on clinical research, priority studies and members of the Research Ethics Board (REB) at UHN Clinical researchers on the REB; and those with COVID-19 related REB submissions 
March 18Steve CorfeOperational support that will be provided by Research Facilities during shutdownResearchers with dedicated research space
March 18Clinical Research Working GroupLetter to clinical research study sponsorsResearchers with clinical research study sponsors
March 18Mark TaylorLetter to partners sponsoring non-clinical research at UHNResearchers with industry partners that are sponsoring non-clinical research
March 17Brad WoutersLetter to companies based at UHNTenants and independent companies housed in UHN bulidings
March 16Sarah MuttittRemote access to research tools, such as CAPCR, PR Online, RFIS, ARC and CRRAll research staff working remotely
March 16Brad WoutersShutdown of all non-essential research at UHNAll research staff
March 13Brad WoutersGuidance for clinical researchers, including roles and responsibilities for clinical researchers on reducing or stopping clinical research activitiesAll clinical research staff
March 13Brad WoutersInformation about access to PMCRT, MBRC and KDTStaff and visitors to PMCRT, MBRC and KDT
March 13Badru MolooOperational and service changes at the Animal Resources CentreUsers of the Animal Resources Centre
March 12Brad WoutersGuidance for researchers, including preparation for possible scale-down or shut-down of non-essential research workAll research staff
March 9Brad WoutersUHN Research position statement on research expenses associated with COVID-19-related travel disruptionsResearch staff with work-related travel plan

 

Granting Agency Updates

Granting Agency Updates

DateAuthorMessage ContentsRelevance
May 20PfizerCompetitive funding announcement for 'Vaccine Preventable Diseases COVID-19'Researchers with COVID-19-related vaccine projects and proposals
May 7Canadian Cancer Society (CSS)Detailed updates to CCS research activities in response to COVID-19All researchers and trainees with CSS funding
May 4CIHRChanges and exceptions to trainee awards due to COVID-19 Research trainees with CIHR funding (see May 4 announcement)
May 4Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR)A letter to the research community, and website message about COVID-19Researchers with OICR funding
April 30PSI FoundationSpecial funding stream announced to support COVID-19 researchClinician researchers
April 24CIHRNew funding to support the scale-up of the Canadian arm of WHO's Solidarity trialThe nominated principal investigator for the CATCO trial
April 22CIHR / Government of CanadaInformation about funding support for research trainees at Canadian institutionsResearch trainees
April 13PfizerCall for proposals to COVID-19 Competitive Grant Program *callout closed early (May 15 rather than May 22)Organizations producing educational and quality improvement initiatives
April 8Emergent VenturesFast Grants funding for COVID-19-related research, offering $10K - $500K adjudicated in 48 hours; open till April 12Researchers with COVID-19-related projects and proposals
April 7Harrington Discovery InstituteCall for proposals for the Harrington Scholar Award for Coronavirus; deadline is April 30, 2020, 5pm EDTResearchers seeking to advance the clinical treatment of COVID-19
April 7CFIFAQ: Changes to CFI operations due to COVID-19Researchers applying for or managing CFI funding
April 3Government of CanadaScholarship and Fellowship updates (ie, Canada Graduate Scholarships, and CIHR and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships) Researchers, trainees and administrators 
April 3Roche CanadaFunding announcement for 'COVID-19 Open Innovation Challenge'; Applications are due April 10, 2020Individuals, companies, organizations or partnerships
April 2CIHRSpring 2020 Project Grant competition is cancelledResearchers who have applied for and hold CIHR Project Grants
April 2Genome CanadaFunding call for 'COVID-19 Regional Genomics Initiative'Genomics researchers; requires collaboration with private, non-for-profit and public sectors
March 30OICRUpdates on financial reporting deadlines and no-cost extensions Researchers with OICR-funded projects
March 27Province of OntarioFunding announced to support COVID-19-related research. To apply, fill out the proposal form and email it to UHN's StRIDe.Researchers conducting COVID-19-related projects
March 26CFISpecial Notice: CFI activities are continuing, with some changesResearchers who have applied for and currently hold CFI funding
March 25Victory over Cancer Foundation (V Foundation)The V Foundation has decided to withdraw their 2020 Translational Grant RFA; for information about current funding click hereResearchers interested in applying to the Translational Grant and those who currently hold funding
March 24W. Garfield Weston FoundationCOVID-19-related updates for grantees W. Garfield Weston Foundation grantees
March 24Cancer Research Institute (CRI)The CRI has contacted UHN to inform researchers, that despite research interruptions, they will continue to make quarterly payments to CRI-funded projectsResearchers receiving funding from CRI
March 23Canadian Liver FoundationExtension notice for the Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) 2020 Operating Grant competition: new deadline May 29, 2020Researchers applying to the CLF 2020 Operating Grant competition
March 23Government of Canada - SSHRCUpdates from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)Researchers with SSHRC funding
March 23Government of CanadaDeadline extension notification for New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) letter of intent: new deadline July 15, 2020Researchers applying to the 2020 NFRF competition
March 19CIHRA centralized resource for Canadian Institutes of Research (CIHR) related informationResearchers with CIHR funding
March 18USAMRAA - DoDCOVID-19 FAQ from the United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA), and Department of Defense (DoD)Researchers with funding from the USAMRAA / DoD
March 17CFIUpdate on 2020 Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) - Innovation Fund competition and other CFI activitiesResearchers who have applied to CFI-IF 2020
March 16Tri-CouncilsTri-agency (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) message on COVID-19Researchers with Tri-agency funding
March 16NIH

National Institues of Health (NIH) policies relevant to COVID-19

Researchers applying for or involved in NIH-funded studies
March 6Tri-CouncilsEligibility of travel fees for disruptions caused by COVID-19Research staff with work-related travel plans, paid for by Tri-Council grant accounts

 

Resources for Research Staff
COVID-19 Preparedness at UHN
 
Working Remotely
 
COVID-19 Research Resources
UHN Resources
  • COVID-19-related Research at UHN: List of COVID-19-related projects at UHN and opportunities for collaboration.
  • The Science of COVID-19: Resource from UHN's Library and Information Services that features articles, links to rounds, wellness information, and a tool that enables users to submit questions about COVID-19 to librarians.
  • CiteNet: AI-based smart search application for COVID-19 literature developed by UHN's Dr. Bo Wang. Click on the following link for a video tutorial on how to use CiteNet.
External Resources
 
Research Trainee Resources
See this page for a list of educational and wellness resources.
Wellness

Please see the Research Wellness Hub page for detailed resources.

 

 

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Internal Communications

Research-Specific Internal Communications
Please note that some of the links below require an internal connection.

DATEAUTHORMESSAGE CONTENTSRELEVANCE
July 29Brad WoutersUpdates on remote sponsor monitoring, lab-based research restart and other itemsAll research staff
July 15Harry JanssenDetails about the Phase 2 restart of on-site clinical research, which begins on July 20, 2020 All staff involved in on-site clinical research
July 3Brad WoutersUpdates on restarting lab-based and clinical researchAll research staff
June 16Brad WoutersInformation on restarting clinical researchAll clinical research staff
June 12Brad WoutersPreparing for Phase 2 of lab-based researchAll research staff
June 5Brad WoutersStatus update on restart of lab-based researchAll research staff
June 5Brad WoutersUpdate on summer studentsResearchers planning to onboard summer students
May 29Brad WoutersBeginning of Phase 1 for restarting lab-based researchAll research staff
May 22Brad WoutersUpdate on plans to restart lab-based researchAll research staff
May 22Brad WoutersFollow-up on federal support for Canadian researchAll research staff
May 15Brad WoutersAnnouncement of federal support for Canadian research; link to Prime Minister's announcement hereAll research staff
May 10Brad WoutersUpdate on plans for restarting research and summary of existing resources for conducting research remotelyAll research staff
May 3Brad WoutersExtension of shutdown of non-essential research and creation of Research Restart CommitteeAll research staff
April 22Brad WoutersUpdates on clinical research, including an interim solution for remote sponsor monitoringClinical researchers
April 17Brad WoutersReview of new interventional, observational or biomarker COVID-19 research studies by the COVID-19 Clinical Research Committee (CCRC)Researchers initiating interventional, observational or biomarker COVID-19 research studies
April 9Brad WoutersRedeployment Guide for Research StaffAll research staff
April 7Janet Tapping, Research Financial ServicesExtension of Pcard submission deadline to May 4, 2020All research staff with Pcard submissions
April 2Brad WoutersExtension of shutdown of all non-essential research at UHNAll research staff
April 1Brad WoutersUpdates to guidance on essential clinical research, including guidance on submitting the new Notice of Change to Protocol Conduct form to the REBClinical researchers
March 30Sarah Muttitt, VP and Chief Information OfficerOfficial launch of Microsoft Teams at UHN for peer-to-peer conferencing and collaboration, including a quick start guideAll UHN staff using Microsoft O365
March 27Margaret Kinyanjui, StRIDe / Province of OntarioFunding announced to support COVID-19-related research. To apply, fill out the proposal form and email it to UHN's StRIDe.Researchers conducting COVID-19-related projects
March 25Janet Tapping, Research Financial Services (RFS)Email detailing changes to the research invoice and Pcard statement submission processes to accomodate disruptionsThose submitting a research invoice or Pcard statement
March 20Sarah MuttittTips on working from homeAll research staff working remotely
March 19Clinical Research Working GroupGuidance for researchers performing essential clinical researchClinical researchers
March 19Brad WoutersUpdates regarding impacts of COVID-19 on clinical research, priority studies and members of the Research Ethics Board (REB) at UHN Clinical researchers on the REB; and those with COVID-19 related REB submissions 
March 18Steve CorfeOperational support that will be provided by Research Facilities during shutdownResearchers with dedicated research space
March 18Clinical Research Working GroupLetter to clinical research study sponsorsResearchers with clinical research study sponsors
March 18Mark TaylorLetter to partners sponsoring non-clinical research at UHNResearchers with industry partners that are sponsoring non-clinical research
March 17Brad WoutersLetter to companies based at UHNTenants and independent companies housed in UHN bulidings
March 16Sarah MuttittRemote access to research tools, such as CAPCR, PR Online, RFIS, ARC and CRRAll research staff working remotely
March 16Brad WoutersShutdown of all non-essential research at UHNAll research staff
March 13Brad WoutersGuidance for clinical researchers, including roles and responsibilities for clinical researchers on reducing or stopping clinical research activitiesAll clinical research staff
March 13Brad WoutersInformation about access to PMCRT, MBRC and KDTStaff and visitors to PMCRT, MBRC and KDT
March 13Badru MolooOperational and service changes at the Animal Resources CentreUsers of the Animal Resources Centre
March 12Brad WoutersGuidance for researchers, including preparation for possible scale-down or shut-down of non-essential research workAll research staff
March 9Brad WoutersUHN Research position statement on research expenses associated with COVID-19-related travel disruptionsResearch staff with work-related travel plan

 

Granting Agency Updates

Granting Agency Updates

DateAuthorMessage ContentsRelevance
May 20PfizerCompetitive funding announcement for 'Vaccine Preventable Diseases COVID-19'Researchers with COVID-19-related vaccine projects and proposals
May 7Canadian Cancer Society (CSS)Detailed updates to CCS research activities in response to COVID-19All researchers and trainees with CSS funding
May 4CIHRChanges and exceptions to trainee awards due to COVID-19 Research trainees with CIHR funding (see May 4 announcement)
May 4Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR)A letter to the research community, and website message about COVID-19Researchers with OICR funding
April 30PSI FoundationSpecial funding stream announced to support COVID-19 researchClinician researchers
April 24CIHRNew funding to support the scale-up of the Canadian arm of WHO's Solidarity trialThe nominated principal investigator for the CATCO trial
April 22CIHR / Government of CanadaInformation about funding support for research trainees at Canadian institutionsResearch trainees
April 13PfizerCall for proposals to COVID-19 Competitive Grant Program *callout closed early (May 15 rather than May 22)Organizations producing educational and quality improvement initiatives
April 8Emergent VenturesFast Grants funding for COVID-19-related research, offering $10K - $500K adjudicated in 48 hours; open till April 12Researchers with COVID-19-related projects and proposals
April 7Harrington Discovery InstituteCall for proposals for the Harrington Scholar Award for Coronavirus; deadline is April 30, 2020, 5pm EDTResearchers seeking to advance the clinical treatment of COVID-19
April 7CFIFAQ: Changes to CFI operations due to COVID-19Researchers applying for or managing CFI funding
April 3Government of CanadaScholarship and Fellowship updates (ie, Canada Graduate Scholarships, and CIHR and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships) Researchers, trainees and administrators 
April 3Roche CanadaFunding announcement for 'COVID-19 Open Innovation Challenge'; Applications are due April 10, 2020Individuals, companies, organizations or partnerships
April 2CIHRSpring 2020 Project Grant competition is cancelledResearchers who have applied for and hold CIHR Project Grants
April 2Genome CanadaFunding call for 'COVID-19 Regional Genomics Initiative'Genomics researchers; requires collaboration with private, non-for-profit and public sectors
March 30OICRUpdates on financial reporting deadlines and no-cost extensions Researchers with OICR-funded projects
March 27Province of OntarioFunding announced to support COVID-19-related research. To apply, fill out the proposal form and email it to UHN's StRIDe.Researchers conducting COVID-19-related projects
March 26CFISpecial Notice: CFI activities are continuing, with some changesResearchers who have applied for and currently hold CFI funding
March 25Victory over Cancer Foundation (V Foundation)The V Foundation has decided to withdraw their 2020 Translational Grant RFA; for information about current funding click hereResearchers interested in applying to the Translational Grant and those who currently hold funding
March 24W. Garfield Weston FoundationCOVID-19-related updates for grantees W. Garfield Weston Foundation grantees
March 24Cancer Research Institute (CRI)The CRI has contacted UHN to inform researchers, that despite research interruptions, they will continue to make quarterly payments to CRI-funded projectsResearchers receiving funding from CRI
March 23Canadian Liver FoundationExtension notice for the Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) 2020 Operating Grant competition: new deadline May 29, 2020Researchers applying to the CLF 2020 Operating Grant competition
March 23Government of Canada - SSHRCUpdates from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)Researchers with SSHRC funding
March 23Government of CanadaDeadline extension notification for New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) letter of intent: new deadline July 15, 2020Researchers applying to the 2020 NFRF competition
March 19CIHRA centralized resource for Canadian Institutes of Research (CIHR) related informationResearchers with CIHR funding
March 18USAMRAA - DoDCOVID-19 FAQ from the United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA), and Department of Defense (DoD)Researchers with funding from the USAMRAA / DoD
March 17CFIUpdate on 2020 Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) - Innovation Fund competition and other CFI activitiesResearchers who have applied to CFI-IF 2020
March 16Tri-CouncilsTri-agency (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) message on COVID-19Researchers with Tri-agency funding
March 16NIH

National Institues of Health (NIH) policies relevant to COVID-19

Researchers applying for or involved in NIH-funded studies
March 6Tri-CouncilsEligibility of travel fees for disruptions caused by COVID-19Research staff with work-related travel plans, paid for by Tri-Council grant accounts

 

Resources for Research Staff
COVID-19 Preparedness at UHN
 
Working Remotely
 
COVID-19 Research Resources
UHN Resources
  • COVID-19-related Research at UHN: List of COVID-19-related projects at UHN and opportunities for collaboration.
  • The Science of COVID-19: Resource from UHN's Library and Information Services that features articles, links to rounds, wellness information, and a tool that enables users to submit questions about COVID-19 to librarians.
  • CiteNet: AI-based smart search application for COVID-19 literature developed by UHN's Dr. Bo Wang. Click on the following link for a video tutorial on how to use CiteNet.
External Resources
 
Research Trainee Resources
See this page for a list of educational and wellness resources.
Wellness

Please see the Research Wellness Hub page for detailed resources.