COVID-19 Guidance for Research and Sponsored Programs (11.06.2020)

March 2, 2021

COVID-19 Guidance for Research and Sponsored Programs (11.06.2020)


SF State’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs continues to operate as normal. The ORSP team will continue to support proposal submissions, assist with post-award transactions, as well as process human/animal subjects protocols. If you have any questions, please feel free to email


Please see San Francisco State Travel FAQs for COVID-19 Crisis


Grant Funded Staff/Student Assistants

Grant funded staff and students will be paid during this time for scheduled hours. Please note, for hourly staff and student assistants, hours will still need to be entered (by the staff/students) and approved (by PIs) in Gateway as usual in order for staff and students to be paid. This may change in the future we will do our best to communicate to those it affects as quickly and clearly as possible.


Proposal Submissions

We strongly encourage PIs to follow the 7 business day internal deadline for finalizing budgets, budget justifications and abstracts for internal review. Given the priorities on campus at the moment, we need to allow adequate time for internal and review and approval.



Since many PIs will not be on campus, ORSP will process as much as possible electronically and via DocuSign. Please set up your DocuSign by logging in with your UIN and password at



During this time we are encouraging the use of Zoom for meetings with ORSP staff in order to reduce the need for in-person meetings.  


 Agency Guidance
          Please note this is not an exhaustive list.

National Science Foundation

NSF Funding Opportunities


National Institutes of Health


Proposal Submission & Award Management

Human Subjects & Clinical Trials

Animal Welfare

Peer Review

  • Based on NIH Guidance on Travel and Meetings , in-person NIH peer review meetings are being held in alternate formats. Scientific review officers will be in contact with peer reviewers about these changes.


NIH Funding Opportunities





United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA)



Department of Defense


National Endowment for the Humanities


National Endowment for the Arts


Institute of Museum and Library Services


California State Agencies

State of California Coastal Conservancy

  • Guidance

    • In the meantime, if you are a current grantee or contractor of the Conservancy, you know that the Conservancy requires paper invoices with original signatures. We are making every effort to get approval to process invoices electronically. Starting immediately, please submit your invoices BOTH in paper (via the mail as usual) and electronically. The electronic version should be a complete copy of the paper invoice and should be emailed directly to your Conservancy Project Manager. We are also working on approval for electronic signatures on new contracts and grant agreements. If you have mailed in an invoice to the Conservancy in the past 7-10 days, it would likely speed the processing time if you emailed the electronic version to your project manager now.

 Department of Education


Additional Resources


SF State IRB Guidance for Human Subject Research during COVID-19


Council on Governmental Relations (COGR)

State of California

Office of Management and Budget


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


 Information valid as of November 6, 2020