Research FAQ

Last update: June 11, 2020 at 3:40 p.m.

How can I resume on-campus research?

McGill University has begun a cautious and gradual ramp up of research activities as of May 2020. The Faculty of Engineering has established a rigorous protocol for Prinicipal Investigators (PI) who are ready to restart on-campus research work in their laboratories.

As of June 1st, McGill has moved into Phase 2 of research ramp up, which includes the Faculty of Engineering research labs in the Macdonald Engineering and McConnell Engineering buildings. The following protocol, therefore, is only applicable to, and should only be utilized by, occupants of the Macdonald and McConnell Engineering buildings. The Wong Building has now completed its research ramp up as part of Phase 1. Please visit the Research Phase-in Protocol page for more information.

Please also see McGill's re-occupancy guidelines as well as the Employee Guide - Return to Campus for safety measures and procedures while back on campus.

How do I purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

How can PIs organize maintenance of essential/critical services in the research labs/facilities? (cryogen refills/change of gas cylinders etc)?

This will be managed by the unit Chair/Director or delegate; a formal organization should be put into place so that there are back-up people in place for all responsibilities. Such an activity will be treated like any other request for lab access and, therefore, an exemption must be obtained from the Faculty. 

What do graduate students do about their research activities?

For graduate students who have questions related to the continuation of their research activities, please visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies page and follow up your departmental Graduate Program Director as needed.


Information about previous ramp down measures can be found here.

Research Phase-in Protocol

As McGill University begins a cautious and gradual ramp up of research activities, the Faculty of Engineering has established a rigorous protocol for Principal Investigators (PI) who are ready to restart on-campus research work in their laboratories.

McGill will be entering Phase 3 of research ramp up as of June 22, which includes the Faculty of Engineering research labs in the Frank Dawson Adams buildings. The Wong, Macdonald Engineering, and McConnell Engineering buildings have now completed their research ramp up as part of Phase 1 and 2.

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