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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Browse through these questions and find answers to commonly raised questions about COVID-19 Resources Canada. If you don’t find your question and answer here, please reach out to us on our Contact Us page for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)2021-03-18T11:38:12-05:00
What is the role of the Volunteer Team at COVID-19 Resources Canada2021-03-18T12:08:49-05:00

We aim to pair scientifically trained and social impact-minded people (you) with Canadian organizations that need support in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to help strengthen our local, provincial and national responses to the pandemic by providing science and non-science support to opportunities from non-for profit, research, and government entities.

How do these opportunities work?2021-03-18T12:08:44-05:00

It all boils down to a five-step process: (1) you register as a volunteer in our database; (2) an organization contacts us to request support for a specific opportunity; (3) we forward the request from the organization to subset of our database that fits specified criteria; (4) candidates in our database indicate their interest to us (including their consent to have their name,email and CV forwarded to the inquiring organization); (5) the organization contacts select candidates directly.

Are these opportunities volunteer or paid?2021-03-18T12:08:39-05:00

Both! While we originally started as a purely volunteer-run organization, we recognize that many of the roles our candidates  have been filling should be remunerated. As such, we always engage those organizations who contact us in discussions about whether or not compensation should be expected. Whenever we contact you, it will be clear whether or not a position is paid or volunteer. 

I registered as a volunteer in your database. Now what?2021-03-18T12:08:33-05:00

Wait until we contact you! We process new requests for volunteer and paid positions every week. If we’re ever contacted by an organization whose needs match your skill set, we’ll let you know.

I was contacted about an opportunity, which really interests me. Is there anything I can do to make my application more competitive?2021-03-18T12:08:28-05:00

No. We treat every candidate we reach out to from our database equally. Our best advice: “opt-in” to the opportunity as soon as you feel comfortable doing so (ideally within 24-48 hours).

I opted into a job opportunity but haven’t heard anything back. Now what?2021-03-18T12:08:23-05:00

We’re sorry you haven’t been contacted by the organization! The truth is: we typically send more candidates to an organization than they require to fill roles. You either haven’t been contacted because (1) the organization hasn’t yet reached out to individuals yet; or (2) the organization has already filled its quota. Keep on the lookout for subsequent opportunities!

Why do you continue to recruit into your database when you already have a large pool of diverse candidates?2021-03-18T12:08:18-05:00

Sometimes organizations contact us with requests that we know we can’t fill with our current database  (either because of limited technical expertise, or geographic restrictions). When this happens, we launch targeted recruitment campaigns to “beef up” soft spots in our database to fill these requests. 

Do I have to be bilingual to register?2021-03-18T12:08:14-05:00

No! We welcome anyone to register – whether you speak one language, two, or more.

I don’t have any skills in wet lab / data analysis / public health / etc. – can I still help?2021-03-18T12:08:09-05:00

Absolutely. We regularly process requests for support that require no prior training in any discipline. Many of our organizations also commit to training candidates prior to the job start.

How do I withdraw myself as a volunteer from your database?2021-03-18T12:08:03-05:00

We’re sorry to see you go. To confirm that you no longer wish to be registered in our Volunteer Database, please reach out to us here.

How do I register as an expert in the COVID-19 Resources Canada Expertise database?2021-03-18T12:07:57-05:00

If you are an expert and would like to consider joining our network, visit our Expertise Database web page for more information, or simply click here to register as an expert today.

How do I withdraw my name from the COVID-19 Resources Canada Expertise database?2021-03-18T11:40:47-05:00

We’re sorry to see you go. To confirm that you no longer wish to be listed as an expert in our Expertise Database, please reach out to us here.

How do I get in touch with one of the experts listed in your database?2021-03-18T11:40:41-05:00

To be linked with one of the experts in our database, please send us a brief email and indicate the following:

  • The name and affiliation of the expert
  • The purpose of your request
I have a funding opportunity. Can I request to have it added to the Funding Opportunities web page?2021-03-18T11:40:37-05:00

Absolutely. We regularly update our Funding Opportunities database, as we continue to connect with funding agencies and research institutions for publicly available national, provincial and regional COVID-19 funding opportunities.Visit our Funding Opportunities web page for more information, or simply click here to share your funding opportunity today!

How can I correct or update information about listed funding opportunities?2021-03-18T11:40:33-05:00

We regularly update our database list to ensure that only valid funding opportunities are displayed on our website. If you notice a funding opportunity that is still listed and is no longer valid, please reach out to us here.

I have a funded research project. Can I request to have it added to the Funded Research web page?2021-03-18T11:40:28-05:00

Absolutely. We regularly update our Funded Research database, as we continue to connect with funding agencies and research institutions (i.e. CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC, CRCC, NFRF, IDRC, GC).Visit our Funded Research web page for more information, or simply click here to share your funding opportunity today!

How can I correct or update information about my funded research?2021-03-18T11:40:21-05:00

We regularly update our database list to ensure that only valid funded research projects are displayed on our website. If you notice a funded research project that is still listed and should be removed, please reach out to us here.

How do I register as a reagents user for the COVID-19 Resources Canada Reagents database?2021-03-18T11:40:14-05:00

If you are a clinician or researcher with available or a need for, visit our Reagents Database web page for more information, or simply click here to register as a reagents user today.

How do I withdraw my name from the COVID-19 Resources Canada Reagents database?2021-03-18T11:40:09-05:00

We’re sorry to see you go. To confirm that you no longer wish to be listed as a reagents user in our Reagents Database, please reach out to us here.

How can I correct or update the article I have written?2021-03-18T11:39:39-05:00

If you have found mistakes in your article or if you like to update your article please contact us here.

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