COVID-19 & Research Restart

OVCR Research-Related Updates Regarding COVID-19 Emergency and Research Restart

2020 OVCR Holiday Schedule

Dear Colleagues,

The upcoming holiday season is fast approaching and, as we have done in past years, OVCR will continue to support our researchers over the weeks ahead for all essential services. We will, however, observe the UIC reduced service schedule for non-essential services for the dates below in order to allow our OVCR staff to enjoy a much needed break to be with their families and friends. The dates below, listed for each of our Offices, should allow you to plan for these customary breaks.

OFFICE OF SPONSORED PROGRAMS (OSP)

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) will observe the UIC reduced service schedule for non-essential services that begins on Thursday, December 24, 2020. As such, OSP will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, and will reopen at 8:30 AM on Monday, January 4, 2021.

To ensure timely review and processing of sponsored project documents due prior to Monday, January 4, 2021,  please submit all necessary paperwork no later than 5:00 PM, Tuesday, December 15, 2020.

OFFICE OF ANIMAL CARE AND INSTITUTIONAL BIOSAFETY (OACIB)

The Office of Animal Care and Institutional Biosafety (OACIB) serving the Animal Care and Institutional Biosafety Committees (ACC/IBC) will observe the UIC reduced service schedule for non-essential services. OACIB will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 and will reopen at 8:30 AM on Monday, January 4, 2021.

To allow time for the review and approval process prior to the reduced service schedule, please remember the following deadlines:

ACC Deadlines

  • Deadline for submission for ACC protocols eligible for review at the January Meeting is 5:00 PM, Tuesday, December 8, 2020.
  • Deadline for ACC modifications eligible for administrative, designated review, or full committee review is 5:00 PM, Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Modifications submitted after this date will be reviewed in January.

IBC Deadlines

  • Deadline for submission of IBC protocols eligible for review at the January IBC Meeting is 5:00 PM, Thursday, December 10, 2020.
  • Deadline for IBC modifications eligible for administrative or full committee review is 5:00 PM, Thursday, December 10, 2020. Modifications submitted after this date will be reviewed in January.

OFFICE FOR THE PROTECTION OF RESEARCH SUBJECTS (OPRS)

The Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS) will observe the UIC reduced service schedule for non-essential services that begins on Thursday, December 24, 2020.

  • OPRS will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, and will reopen at 8:30 AM on Monday, January 4, 2021. OPRS Live submissions will not be accepted during the reduced service period.
  • OPRS will make every effort to process submissions received by December 1, 2020 prior to the December 23rd closure.
  • Please be mindful of your protocol expiration date. If your protocol expires before January 9, 2021, please have your Continuing Review in to OPRS at least four weeks ahead of the expiration date to prevent a lapse.
  • Requests for emergency use of an investigational drug or device and COVID19 related modifications due to changes in state or city public health orders may submitted during this time. In the event of an emergency use request, please submit your request via the UIC IRB listserv at uicirb@uic.edu.

BIOLOGIC RESOURCES LABORATORY (BRL)

The Business Office for the Biologic Resources Laboratory (BRL) will operate on a limited schedule for essential services during non-observed university holidays, including Friday, November 27, 2020 and then again beginning Thursday, December 24, 2020. The BRL Business Office, Diagnostic Laboratory and Surgery Service will close at 4:30 PM on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, and will reopen at 8:00 AM on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Animal orders received prior to Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at noon will be placed the same day. Animal deliveries will be accepted on Monday, December 21, 2020 and resume on Monday, January 4, 2021. Please note this schedule does not affect the animal service areas which maintain normal operating hours under the essential services unit schedule.

RESEARCH RESOURCES CENTER (RRC)

The Research Resources Center (RRC) will observe the UIC reduced service schedule for non-essential services. RRC will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 and will reopen at 8:30 AM on Monday, January 4, 2021.  Please note that some RRC core facilities may have additional closures during the holiday period.  Please see the RRC website for detailed schedules:  www.rrc.uic.edu.

We wish you a healthy and happy holiday season.

Sincerely,

Joanna Groden, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Research