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Phased Increase of Research Activity Plan for Principal Investigators - Human Participant Research

General Information

The University recognizes that research has continued in earnest since restrictions were imposed and applauds the research community for continuing to advance their work either remotely through electronic devices, or using the protocols developed through the Office of Vice President Research. Working from home remains the preference but, as some research can only be done on campus, the University continues to plan for a gradual, phased increase of research activity. Any return to campus for research captured under Phase 2 will require approval by the PI’s Chair and / or Associate Dean Research (ADR). In the case of Phase 2 research involving Human participants, this online form must be completed.

In keeping with current supervisory responsibilities, researchers will retain responsibility for their research teams.

Please note that each PI may have only one active Human Participation plan at a time, and should include all members of their team that might want to return to campus in a single application. PIs may amend Human Participation plans later by submitting a new application, should plans change. Please note though, that plans previously or subsequently submitted which do not include Human Participation are considered separate.

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PI name, McMaster email address and primary contact number for PI.
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Faculty Affiliation.
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Home Department.
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Is this a new Human Participation plan submission?

If applicable, please select in which categories your research activities in this plan fall.

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Briefly (in 500 words or less), 1) explain how you propose to manage safe involvement of human participants in accordance with the Phase 2 On-Campus Research Guidelines and 2) briefly outline your procedures for tracking and documentation of human participants to ensure appropriate workplace health and safety guidance protocols are followed. Where your Chair / ADR has asked for a more detailed plan, or if you require more space, please include a link to the full plan in your answer.
Is this an application for fieldwork, campus-based research or both? Unless deemed essential and approved by VPR, no off-campus or field-work with human participants is permitted in Phase 2.  Applications for off-campus of field-work with human participants must be submitted through the Phase 0 online form
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Phase 2 does not signal a return of researchers to campus for any reason other than to perform research that is impossible to perform in a remote manner. Note that researchers requiring access to specific McMaster facilities must discuss those needs with the Director of the facility.

Briefly explain:
Why your on-campus research cannot be conducted remotely.
 

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Total number of research team members involved in campus-based and/or fieldwork research (combined).
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List the names of the team members involved in campus-based or fieldwork research.
Confirm that if research will involve face-to-face human participants, appropriate modifications have been made to Letters of Information and procedures, that any necessary REB amendments will be submitted before any research begins, and that research will not involve "high-risk" participants.
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Confirm that McMaster’s pandemic specific Workplace Health and Safety Guidance is understood and will be followed by all members of the research team.
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Confirm that you have made plans for a safe and rapid as possible shutdown (and return home in the case of fieldwork) if called for by the University and/or Public Health officials.
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Briefly (in 500 words or less), explain how you propose to manage training of research personnel, along with appropriate tracking and documentation for research personnel, traffic flow, access to shared areas, lab space and equipment, etc to ensure appropriate workplace health and safety guidance protocols are followed. Where your Chair / ADR has asked for a more detailed plan, or if you require more space, please include a link to the full plan in your answer.

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Confirm that protocols on physical/social distancing, traffic flow, access to bench space, equipment, etc., as well as protocol related to research involving human participants and the necessity of logging entries and exits have been agreed with all research team members.