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FAQs: Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Research Support

For Current Grantees

  • My MJFF-funded research is (or will likely be) impacted by COVID-19-related issues, such as a lab closure or slowed trial recruitment. What should I do?

    All currently funded research projects will receive a six-month no-cost extension (NCE). We would still like to understand your specific challenges. If you know your assigned MJFF program officer, please reach out to them to discuss the impacted project and all the options we have to address your issues. You can also fill out our online form to contact us. 

  • Will MJFF extend post-award financial and other reporting requirements?

    If your institution is unable to complete and submit financial and research progress reports by their deadlines due to COVID-19-related issues, contact your assigned grants management and/or program officer and provide an estimated timeline for submission. You can also fill out our online form to contact us. MJFF will accept late reports but grant awards will be delayed until the reports are submitted and accepted.

  • I am unable to submit my planned pre-proposal for an open request for application (RFA) by the stated deadline. Will there be an extension?

  • I am unable to submit my invited full proposal by the stated deadline due to COVID-19. Will there be an extension?

    We are sensitive to the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic and the effect it is having on systems and personnel at all levels. If you were invited to submit a full proposal, please let us know how your submission could be affected by filling out our online form as soon as possible.

  • I recently submitted a proposal—for funding or for use of biosamples—that is under review. Is review and/or award announcement going to be delayed?

    There may be minor delays in the review of submitted applications. Should those become significant, we will send a notification to applicants. While we are continuing to operate, we recognize that you may not be. If you anticipate that your proposed plan will need to be altered due to COVID-19-related issues, please let us know as soon as possible using our online form.

For Other Situations

  • I was scheduled to attend an in-person meeting at MJFF, which has been canceled, postponed, or changed to a virtual event. Will the costs associated with my previously planned travel be reimbursed?

    We ask that you attempt to secure a refund or credit for your travel. MJFF will handle all hotel reservations. If you booked your travel through Concur, you will need to log in and cancel your reservation. If you booked your travel outside of Concur, please cancel your reservation with the travel carrier. You can then submit your cancellation through Concur for reimbursement.

    Many carriers have adjusted their policies in light of the COVID-19 situation. If you are unable to secure a refund or credit, MJFF will review and reimburse the costs associated with your planned travel to an in-person meeting with us. The invoice and reimbursement request should be submitted through the Concur system. Please contact our research meetings and events coordinator at researchmeetings@michaeljfox.org for other meeting- or travel-related questions or concerns.

  • Administrative support is not available at my institution at this time, though clinical/laboratory facilities remain open. Will this impact my ability to continue to receive funding?

    Institutional closures do not affect MJFF’s ability to process payments. MJFF will continue to operate (remotely) and process payments, though it’s possible processing may be slower than normal as circumstances surrounding COVID-19 evolve. Please contact your institution if you have any questions about receipt of funds. If you have specific questions about your award, please work with your MJFF point-of-contact or fill out our online form.

  • I was recently approved to receive specimens through an MJFF-sponsored or funded request; will distribution be delayed?

    The relevant biorepository has temporarily suspended biosample shipments and will be in touch with each investigator with an estimated ship date (as well as to confirm ability for institution/investigator to receive samples) in the coming week(s).

  • Is there guidance for investigators involved in the PPMI study?

    For PPMI-specific questions or matters relating to PPMI study conduct that have been impacted or may be impacted due to the COVID-19 circumstances, please contact ppmitransition@indd.org.

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