Frequently Asked Questions

Managing your research and grant proposals can be challenging during normal situations. We are compiling a list of frequently asked questions that faculty have had regarding research during the COVID-19 pandemic. This list will be continuously reviewed and updated as situations change.

FAQs: Working in On-Campus Labs and Offices

No. All researchers are to move to shutdown mode for laboratories, allowing only essential personnel to continue operations. Essential personnel are defined as those responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and those who are required to maintain instruments, sample archives, or organisms in LSU laboratories.

All essential personnel should be identified to ORED for review and approval.

No. Departmental offices and buildings are closed.

FAQs: Awards

Yes. The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) staff are operating remotely and prepared to submit proposals. All proposals must be routed in GeauxGrants seven (7) business days before the submission deadline. See Submission Deadlines and the GeauxGrants Help Desk for detailed information. All proposals related to COVID-19 research or response will be given priority.

Some funding agencies are extending proposal deadlines. Check agency guidelines frequently for any updates.

If funding agencies are officially closed, proposals may remain in queue, pending resumption of agency operations. 

Yes. The federal agencies typically allow for flexibilities during an emergency. Some federal agencies have already begun to release guidance. The Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) is maintaining an updated page that includes Agency Responses to COVID-19 and Additional Resources.

See OSP Guidelines on COVID-19 for more details. Specific questions related to existing awards can be submitted to or  

Yes. Check all federal agencies for funding opportunities related to COVID-19.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding opportunities:

  • Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
  • Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Availability of Administrative Supplements and Revision Supplements on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

National Science Foundation (NSF) funding opportunities:

Yes. We will honor your faculty travel grant award at a future time when the conference or event you were to attend is rescheduled. Moreover, this rollover will not affect your ability to apply for a separate trip during the 2020-2021 academic year. If you already paid conference or travel fees that are not refundable, you may use the grant funds to cover those charges.

Yes. The SEC Faculty Travel Program has extended travel deadlines for 2019-2020 until September 30, 2020. If you have not yet traveled to your proposed university, you may do so between August 1 and September 30 if conditions allow for such travel.

FAQs: Resources

Yes. HPC resources will be maintained and available.

No. Please review the library's documentation

Consult the LSU Coronavirus information page on Travel.

FAQs: Labs and Facilities

Yes. Departmental operating procedures will vary, however, so please contact your departmental staff to ensure orders can be placed. Should orders be placed, it is the department’s responsibility to coordinate delivery with the supplier and ensure personnel will be available on site to receive deliveries.

Yes. We have confirmed with our major suppliers (Airgas and Praxair) that they will not have interruptions in operations. In the unlikely event that supply chain interruptions occur, broadcast notification will be sent out from ORED.

The delivery process will remain unchanged. Once the order is placed, the supplier will call the ordering department to arrange delivery within a specific 3-4 hour window to ensure that an individual is there to receive the delivery.

Campus units expecting deliveries of items essential for their operations should have their individual procedures outlined in their plans, which have been requested by the LSU EOC. These plans should include details on how these units will handle these deliveries and must be accommodated by their own essential personnel. Any office or individual expecting a package delivery directly from UPS, FedEx, or other delivery services should track the packages and may be required to pick them up from the main office of the delivery carrier if on-site delivery is unavailable.

FAQs: Miscellaneous

Get the latest updates through the main LSU page for COVID-19 information.

  • Require all sick personnel to stay home until they no longer have symptoms (at least 24 hours fever-free).
  • Limit research facility personnel to LSU faculty/staff/student researchers ONLY.
  • Update your contact information for all essential staff.
  • Have personnel disinfect their laboratory and communal spaces daily. Ensure adequate supplies of disinfectant and hand hygiene products.
  • Have all personnel practice/perform recommended personal hygiene measures, including washing hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, avoiding touching their face, and covering sneezes and coughs.
  • Practice “social distancing” of lab/research personnel to allow a 6-foot radius. This can be accomplished by having personnel come to the lab in shifts, limiting in-person meetings by connecting remotely (through Zoom meetings, etc.).
  • Curtail off-campus visitors (i.e., seminar speakers) and travel to meetings/conferences.
    When possible, allow lab personnel and support staff to work remotely.
  • Postpone non-essential field work.
  • Review current travel guidelines and enforce self-isolation as necessary. Ensure that all lab employees, students, and visitors who have traveled to/from a designated Level 3 country in the last 14 days self-isolate for at least 14 days since the date of departure from the country.
  • Maintain a sufficient inventory of critical supplies that might be impacted by shipping delays.
    Ensure all high-risk materials and freezers are labeled with emergency contact information (radioactive, biohazards, chemicals) and secured.

Any research personnel who become ill while on campus with flu-like symptoms should notify their LSU supervisor by phone, and contact their primary care physician or the Student Health Center as appropriate, in accordance with the LSU Presidential Directive and PM-13 Supplement.


Contacts for Research-Field-Specific Questions

Field of Research Name Title Email
Coastal Science and Engineering Samuel J. Bentley Vice President  
Science, Math, and Engineering Stephania Cormier Associate Vice President 
Social Sciences, Humanities, and Allied Fields Keena Arbuthnot Associate Vice President  
Visual and Performing Arts, High Performance and Enterprise Computing Stephen Beck Associate Vice President  
Proposals, Awards, and Modifications to Existing Awards