COVID-19 Information for the WMU Research Community

This guidance last updated on: August 11, 2020

The Office of Research and Innovation remains open and ready to serve faculty, staff and students.  Our staff will continue to work primarily remotely throughout the fall semester.  We are available by phone, email and Webex Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.  

Beginning September 2, 2020, staff and VP Kinzy are available for in-person meetings by appointment on Wednesdays between 8 am and 5 pm in our offices in Walwood Hall. Please contact the person you wish to meet with directly to set up a date and time.

Please install and use GoVPN to access the PAF system from off-campus locations. 

Many opportunities are opening up in numerous disciplines for COVID-19/Coronavirus-related funding opportunities and other types of community resources. ORI is maintaining a list on our webpage.  In addition, several funding databases are making COVID-19 funding and resource information available to everyone including GrantForward and InfoEd Global.  


COVID-19 information by topic

1) Essential Operations: building access (3/34 SL); lab hibernation (4/22 SL); hiring and procurement (7/28 SL); travel limitations and essential travel guidelines; instructions for making disinfecting solutions

2) Return to Work: submit research restart plans to ORI (5/27 SL), submit plans to restart creative scholarship (6/11)

3) Internal Funding: selection and extensions to current projects (4/1 SL), COVID-19 Response Grants (5/18)

4) External Agencies: agency guidance, revised sponsor guidelines, external funding opportunities related to COVID-19

5) ORI Status Letters and Virtual Town Halls

6) Frequently Asked Questions

 *SL is reference to previously posted status letter