A message regarding Conducting Research at Saint Mary’s University during the times of COVID-19 activity restrictions (2020-21):
In response to the directives of the Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the associated declaration of a Provincial State of Emergency, starting on March 23, 202, and extending until further notice, researchers and research participants and research collaborators are all to be aware of the following:
The starting point response from Saint Mary’s University was to impose the following restrictions or suspensions of activity:
- All on-campus research and scholarly activities in labs, offices, and research spaces across our campus, is suspended;
- In addition, with attention to the travel and other restrictions associated with the Provincial State of Emergency mandate, all University Travel is suspended;
- All field research is suspended;
- Activities involving face-to-face (in-person) interactions (e.g. surveys or focus groups with research participants) are to be deferred or modified to be carried out remotely using tele-/video-conferencing tools.
However, exemptions to the above restrictions/suspensions have been made possible in the following ways:
- As of summer 2020, faculty members have been allowed access to use their office space on campus.
- Ongoing updates regarding Return to Campus utilization of classrooms and other spaces on campus are communicated to the campus community as changes occur (either restrictions easing, or re-tightening).
- Any request to engage in research activities that are listed above as being restricted or suspended (e.g. on campus research activities, field research, research involving travel, research involving face-to-face interactions with collaborators or participants) may follow our established RETURN TO RESEARCH process to gain permission for an exemption to those restrictions. This process is outlined here: https://www.smu.ca/virtualuniversity/return-to-research.html , and this page is updated and various changes to the allowed Phases of Return are identified.
To re-emphasize: a RETURN TO RESEARCH approval is required in order to gain the exemption to the above-stated suspensions and restrictions, until such time as the State of Emergency associated with COVID-19 is lifted.
Welcome to the Research web page of the FGSR. Research activity is expanding at an exponential rate at Saint Mary's. Research activities across the University span a vast array of disciplines and topics within the Social Sciences and Humanities, Natural Sciences and Engineering, Occupational Health and Safety, and Finance and Management.
Saint Mary's has the largest Faculties of Arts and Commerce in the Maritime Provinces and our Faculty of Science is growing rapidly. Within these Faculties are hundreds of researchers (professors, post-doctoral fellows, research associates, technicians, graduate students and senior undergraduate students) working on a hundreds of research topics. Saint Mary's prides itself on a vast array of theoretical and basic research, but also research activities that links the University in practical ways to communities beyond our campus (e.g. government departments and ministries, private companies, industrial associations, citizen groups and associations, and international agencies and organizations).
In January 2005, the FGSR founded the Office of Innovation and Community Engagement (OICE) to help facilitate research relationships between our Faculty members and these communities, and to aid in the transfer of technology and other knowledge. The OICE is meant to be the initial contact point for Faculty members and parties external to the University in regard to developing research relationships / collaborations / contracts and for transfer of technology and knowledge arising from the research activities at Saint Mary's.