Coronavirus COVID-19: Research FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs relate to the services provided by UCD Research and Innovation during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  They will be updated as new questions and new information emerge.

Questions on research students and their supervision are answered in the Graduate Studies FAQ.

General information on COVID-19 arrangements in UCD is available in the UCD COVID-19 FAQs

If you have any questions directly relating to the work of our unit which are not addressed here or in other UCD FAQs, we will endeavour to assist.  Please direct your questions to the relevant team member or contact us here.

Which research and research support activities are to be continued on campus at this time?

Much research has been continuing on campus throughout the pandemic, and from September 2021 a broader return to campus working has begun. A comprehensive guide to managing a return to campus can be found on the main Covid-19 support page .

All those returning to campus should refer to the detailed SIRC office guidance which can be found on the SIRC website. This guidance includes details on how to complete  Covid training and health declarations in line with staff protocols.

UCD Research will be taking part in the university’s trial hybrid model. During this time our supports continue to operate at full capacity, with some of our staff on campus during office hours and some working from home. Our building is open on an appointment-only basis and only if necessary. If you require assistance from our team please continue to direct your requests via the contact us page on our website.

How can I find more information on the HEA Covid-19 Support Fund?

This funding call is now closed. The university ran a funding programme, with funding from the HEA, to provide extensions for researchers and research students whose research was interrupted by the pandemic.  You can find details of past calls and the process on the call website

How can I find out more about the research being conducted at UCD on Covid-19?

You can find out about our research on this topic here

Where can I get updates on research funding programmes?

The UCD Research Bulletin is circulated by email and available here.

Are the NovaUCD and Nexus Buildings open?

Yes they open to clients and visitors. Several measures have been put in place to ensure that both buildings are fully compliant with Public Health Advice with respect to social distancing and hygiene to protect against Covid 19.  

Are Nova and ConsultUCD staff available?

Yes, NovaUCD and ConsultUCD staff are working from home and are available to support you.  Contact details.

Is there additional support if I have an invention that can help people through the pandemic?

Yes, the NovaUCD staff will prioritise inventions that can make a real difference. Please contact Knowledge Transfer Staff. Contact details.

How do I manage the IP aspects of my research – Enterprise partners, the Commercialisation Section of Research Proposals, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Research Collaborations, Inventions, Patents, Licences and establishing a Spin-out?

NovaUCD staff will continue to support you in the usual way. Contact details.

Will Commercialisation Bootcamps and VentureLaunch happen in 2021?

Yes, the NovaUCD team has developed online versions for both and is advertising them in the usual way on the website and by email campaigns.