(Recorded Webinar) Research Disruption: Documenting and Tracking Costs During COVID-19

Duration: 75 minutes
Webinar recorded on: 7/14/2020

Many research institutions and universities have been impacted by COVID-19 related research disruption, and their staff oversaw stoppage of lab and field work since the beginning of the pandemic. At home, those who could transitioned to data analysis and writing. In other cases, studies meant to commence have not, unless related to COVID-19 and significant grant funds have already been spent on weeks of lab basic maintenance for specimens and equipment while closed.

Agencies assured researchers that salaries could be paid from federal grant funding, even though their work has been stopped, if paid in accordance with university policy.  However, progress for most research across the country has nearly ground to a halt. While we await Congress’ decision on whether to appropriate much needed additional funds, immediate grant management questions need answers.

On this webinar, we will review frequently asked questions and the government’s guidance on how to handle costs during the disruption and when scientists are able to recommence work. The webinar will cover:

  • Compensation, furlough, and extensions
  • Documentation of research personnel effort and COVID-19 related activities
  • Documenting other COVID-19 related costs and flexibilities
  • Agency specific guidance and legislative efforts, including environmental and health grant examples
  • Maintaining good documentation on how the pandemic is impacting your specific grants

Many researchers will have to start their experiments over when they’re finally allowed back. For those in environmental studies, for example, agencies have tried to be supportive to keep certain studies active, but many projects stopped. According to agencies funding environmental research, protection and restoration nearly everyone must work from home, except those involving animals in facilities.

Target Audience

  • Research Officials
  • Program Directors / Site Directors
  • Finance and Accounting Personnel
  • Grants Managers
  • Operations Directors and Managers
  • Compliance Officers and Risk Managers

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Explain why documentation and tracking practices for personnel effort are crucial to avoid audit findings or disallowances in the future
  • Identify strategies for other costs based on Uniform Guidance and current flexibilities
  • Discuss major risks and guidance from agencies
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 Certificate of Attendance
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Serving as Senior Counsel in the firm’s Federal Grants, Health Law, and Litigation & Government Investigations practice groups, Kristen represents universities, non-profit and for-profit organizations facing legal actions under Federal health care and grant regulations in addition to the False Claims Act and Civil Monetary Penalties Laws. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Schwendinger served for nearly eight years as an attorney and senior counsel in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG). [Full Bio]


Serving as Managing Partner of the firm since 2003, and a member of the Health Law and Federal Grants practices since 1992, Ted focuses his practice on helping organizations to solve problems.  Ted’s expertise in financial, cost reporting, reimbursement, and administrative issues is widely recognized, and illustrated by his selection as a 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer in health care. Ted routinely handles challenging issues for clients such as government audits, internal investigations, and litigation. [Full Bio]

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  • 1.25 Certificate of Attendance


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