JCU Connect JCU Connect Services: COVID-19

JCU Connect Services: COVID-19

Keep up-to-date with all JCU COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information

JCU Connect is committed to continued support of all JCU research and researchers.

It is important to stay informed on any developments or process changes during these circumstances. Below you will find information on services offered by JCU Connect and how they may be impacted.

The Division of Research and Innovation has developed Key Considerations For Conduct of Research Under Current COVID-19 Restrictions document to support our research community in determining the ability for research to continue in the current climate.

You can also contact the team here.

The Grants Team will continue to provide:

  • Comprehensive advice and guidance, and work collaboratively with the JCU research community to provide research grant support
  • Comprehensive review on grant applications including interpretation of guidelines and funding arrangements, coordination of preparation for submission to funding bodies
  • Manage funding agreements including Multi-Institutional Agreements and Sub-Agreements for successful grants (NHMRC, ARC, State, Commonwealth and other funding bodies)
  • Guidance to source targeted funding and collaborative opportunities
  • Comprehensive guidance on JCU Connect support, policies and processes, including general information on funding agreement obligations in relation to awarded grants and support for post-award (non-financial) management of research grants, including accurate capture of research information and processing of research account opening

Research Integrity

Arrangements are in place to ensure that all research integrity matters are managed appropriately and in compliance with the JCU Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (Research Code).

Please contact tina.langford@jcu.edu.au for any advice on research integrity matters.

Clinical Trials Research Administration

Arrangements are in place to ensure the continuation of the management and creation of Clinical Trial Research Agreements and provision of advice regarding clinical research governance matters to the JCU Community.

Please contact tina.langford@jcu.edu.au for any clinical trial matters.

AEC Meetings will continue as scheduled.

Projects which are currently undertaking experiments or holding animals will be required to:

  • Liaise with and seek advice from your animal facility's Manager
  • Consider whether you need to purchase more feed or supplies
  • Ensure the person or people looking after animals or working on experiments are aware of their duties
  • Ensure the names and contact details of the staff caring for animals are clearly written on the tanks or room doors where animals are being housed
  • Consider contingencies in the event someone involved in your project is unable to attend the campus or if animals need veterinary car

If you need to make minor amendments to your approved animal care, housing or husbandry in the interest of animal health and welfare, please contact the Animal Welfare Officer or AEC Chair and we will expedite review of your amendment. You may provide details of the changes in an email initially, then submit an amendment at a later date. This does not apply to research procedures.

JCU HREC Meetings will continue as scheduled.

The following information is relevant for JCU HDR students, advisors, researchers, and Health Ethics Advisors:

For studies currently recruiting participants

  • All Principal Investigators and Supervisors should ensure the safety of research participants against COVID-19 where possible. This may include strategies such as, but not limited to:
    • changing face-to-face data collection from individuals to video-conferencing or teleconferencing as appropriate
    • applying social distancing and hygiene precautions in line with the current recommendations from State and Federal governments (Australian Government and Queensland Health)
    • deferring data collection
  • Changes to a study, including participant participation outside of the HREC approved protocol, must be documented in an amendment form and submitted to HREC for approval.

For studies seeking JCU HREC approval

  • All Principal Investigators and Supervisors are to provide oversight of COVID-19 risk mitigation strategies for the safety and wellbeing of potential participants, research teams and staff.
    • changing face-to-face data collection from individuals to video-conferencing or teleconferencing as appropriate
    • applying social distancing and hygiene precautions in line with the current recommendations from State and Federal governments (Australian Government and Queensland Health)
    • deferring commencement

All Principal Investigators and Supervisors should review and where possible mitigate the project-related risks posed by COVID-19 to research team members and staff. This may include strategies such as, but not limited to:

  • conducting project meetings via video-conferencing
  • ensuring work spaces comply with current recommendations from State and Federal governments (Australian Government and Queensland Health) (at 25 March 2020 this was 4 sq m/person)
  • research staff working from home
  • deferring data collection

For staff, HDRs and other students undertaking research please note that until further notice, the Department of Education Queensland requests that research involving Queensland state schools be postponed.

To follow, an excerpt from the advice we received via email (2 April):

The department will continue to accept new applications to conduct research involving state schools and education sites and process these for compliance with our Guidelines. However, no approvals for permission to approach state schools or other state education sites will be given until schools return to normal operations.

As you would be aware, applications are submitted through the department’s online portal – the Queensland Education Research Inventory (QERI). Researchers will be able to correspond with their review officer through this portal, as well as monitor the status of their application. Researchers with finalised applications will be advised when Queensland state schools are able to be approached to invite research participation.

Please note the processing time for research applications may also be longer than usual during this time. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this places on post-graduate students and research staff at your university.

I would appreciate it if you could please disseminate this advice to your research faculties. Should you or your staff require further clarification or wish to discuss a particular project, please contact Dr Angela Ferguson, Director (Research Services), on (07) 3034 5928 or by e-mail at Angela.Ferguson@qed.qld.gov.au.“

The Business Development team (including Tenders and Consultancies) in conjunction with Innovation will continue to liaise with researchers and Industry with social distancing measures put in place.

The draft JCU Innovation Strategy is still open for JCU-wide consultation through Bright Idea. Provide your recommendations and feedback here.

As always, please contact the appropriate member of the Development and Commercialisation team directly regarding any variations to deliverables.

The Research Information team will continue to provide services with no interruption, including:

  • Providing assistance relating to Research Portfolio, Research Professional, and SciVal
  • Generating reports relating to research activity

The Contracts team will continue all business, including liaising with researchers/research staff regarding amendments and variations to contracts should their research be affected. However, due to high demand, please note that there may be a short delay in response time.

If you have any questions, please contact contractsconnect@jcu.edu.au.