Covid 19 - Faculty/Instructors

COVID-19 Updates: Faculty/Instructors

Announcements
  • 3-26-20: See the information below regarding limited, one-time funding for the COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program through the Office of Research and Economic Development.
  • 3-24-20: The Engineering and Computing Education Core (ECEC) is offering three daily workshops Wednesday and Thursday (March 25 and 26) focused on the transition to remote teaching, with an updated session on using Onenote for Annotation. More details at: https://engineering.unl.edu/ecec/remote-teaching/
  • 3-19-20: The 2020 Senior Design Showcase - scheduled for May 1, 2020 - has been cancelled in response to university and college guidelines, and the evolving situation regarding COVID-19. Department leaders are currently working on ways in which students and teams can still showcase their projects/designs. If you have any questions/concerns, contact Cameron Adams at cadams@unl.edu
  • 3-17-20: As of March 17, only Love Library and Adele Hall Learning Commons will be open; all other library locations are now closed - including the Engineering Library in Nebraska Hall. For more information, view the Library's COVID-19 website
ECEC Remote Teaching Resources

The Engineering and Computing Education Core has created new web pages https://engineering.unl.edu/ecec/remote-teaching/ to facilitate the transition to remote teaching. This site will be continually updated as faculty prepare.

Please check this site frequently, as the Engineering and Computing Education Core has numerous college-specific resources, live Zoom support available between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily, workshops on important remote teaching pedagogy and more, and are ready to help.

Funding Opportunity: COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) is soliciting proposals for limited, one-time funds available for short-term activities developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Prior to applying for COVID-19 RRGP funds, faculty are strongly encouraged to first determine if their project idea fits with a COVID-19 rapid response funding mechanism made available through an external sponsor.

UNL tenured/tenure-track and research faculty are eligible to serve as the Principal Investigator (PI). Co-Investigators (Co-Is) from UNL must hold a full-time appointment, but they do not need to hold a tenured/tenure-track or research faculty position. Co-Is also may be affiliated with other institutions.

Applicants may request up to $50,000 for a maximum 12-month project period.

External funding opportunities related to COVID-19 exist and are quickly emerging. Contact Jen Nelson or Nathan Meier to discuss COVID-19 RRGP eligibility and fit.

ORED Guide for Nebraska Researcher

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED), in partnership with a research task force, has developed a website to guide Nebraska researchers in planning for COVID-19. At this time, UNL does not plan to restrict access to research spaces and will continue submitting proposals as normal.

Topics addressed on the website, which will be updated frequently, include:

  • Instructions for research groups on how to prepare in the event that full access is restricted, including identifying emergency personnel, setting up remote work options and meeting proposal deadlines.
  • Resources developed by ORED and the task force, including a spreadsheet on continuity planning for laboratories and research spaces.
  • Guidance from the Office of Sponsored Programs for grants and contracts, how to continue submitting proposals and meeting proposal deadlines under extenuating circumstances.
  • Guidance from the Institutional Review Board on conducting human subjects research during this time.
  • UNL travel guidelines.
  • Contacts for specific questions about how COVID-19 may affect research operations.
  • Resources from local, state, national and international sources, including how federal awards may be affected.