Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Next phase of Return to Research update

Update for faculty

  • Details on next phase of return to research  
  • Updates to the return to on-campus research process 
  • New Personnel in Labs 
  • Safety Plan Compliance and Monitoring 
Thursday, April 9, 2020

NSERC and SSHRC grant extensions

Update for researchers

  • NSERC or SSHRC grant holders may request a one-year no-cost extension for grants with an end-date of between February 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021
  • All active Discovery Grant holders can elect to receive a one-year extension with funds at the current funding level – more information on this process will follow
  • NSERC recognizes that the majority of funds is used for support of students and strongly encourages the use of funding for the purpose of supporting students during these tumultuous times
Friday, July 31, 2020

Reminder: Face coverings are now required on campus

Update for employees and graduate students

Earlier this week, the requirement to wear a face covering in common indoor spaces on campus took effect. 

If you are approved to return to campus, you must wear a face covering in common areas of university buildings. 

After listening to feedback from the campus community and discussing further with medical consultants, we have made some changes to our guidance on face coverings.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Phase 2 of our laboratory and research facilities restart plan

Update for researchers

The Office of Research and the Safety Office are actively implementing a phased approach to restarting research on campus. Previously, researchers could request access to continue on-campus research if the research was deemed critical or related to COVID-19. Phase 2 of the Research Restart plan expands criteria for on-campus research activities for those that cannot conduct research remotely or require access to labs or specialized facilities. 

Monday, June 1, 2020

Face masks and cleaning kits now available for researchers working on-campus

Update for faculty and researchers

We have approved some researchers to proceed with their work on-campus as part of our phased return to campus plan. To ensure that we welcome you back to campus safely, we have increased sanitization of high touch surface areas and are offering additional supplies to help you stay healthy.

In accordance to Public Health guidance, we recommend that you continue to practice physical distancing, but have cloth face masks available for researchers to use on-campus where maintaining a physical distance of two meters is challenging.

Office of Research


In-person inquiries

EC5 is now closed. Office of Research staff are working from home and are able to assist you remotely. Check here for a list of Office of Research staff contacts.

Acceptance of documents

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Confirming details for fall term

Update for employees

For several weeks, teams in every Faculty have been working to plan in detail what their approach to the fall term will be. With change happening so quickly, I want to let you know more details about our plans for the fall term.

We are sharing these details with incoming and continuing students today so they can plan for September with confidence.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Details on restarting research at the University

Update for faculty

The Central Planning Group of the Integrated Co-coordination and Planning Committee, including the President, Vice-Presidents and Deans, has been active in developing a phased plan for restarting research on campus, with support from the Research Restart Working Group. 

Last week, the Province opened the door for institutions to begin to implement phased returns to on-campus research activity by announcing that professional services related to conducting research and experimental development may begin to resume activity. This announcement has moved us into the first Phase of our planned return and as such, we will be expanding the criteria for permission to access to campus to conduct research activities.  

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Increase in COVID-19 related phishing attempts

There has been an increased volume of COVID-19 related phishing emails being sent to members of the University. These phishing attacks are expected to continue in the foreseeable future. Please be vigilant and read emails carefully before responding. 

Monday, April 20, 2020

Planning for the Fall Term

Update for employees

In October last year, we finalized our new Strategic Plan. Developed after a year of intense collaboration across the University of Waterloo, none of us could have predicted precisely how relevant that plan would be today.

We said it was a plan for an era of rapid change. Who could have known how rapid and how significant that change would be?