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Phased Process for Reopening Research

Guidance on Phased Reopening of Research

All labs WILL NOT be able to reopen and resume research activities on May 20, 2020. The reactivation of labs will occur in phases beginning with those projects/labs previously submitted for pilot/limited research approval. Requests for resuming on-campus laboratory and field research will be reviewed and approved contingent upon meeting conditions described below.

Researchers who already had approval under the Pilot Data/Limited Activity phase do not need to resubmit new materials. They should email to confirm they will continue to use their approved COVID-19 Safety Plan for the reopening of research. Researchers who were approved under the Critical Research Infrastructure phase need to resubmit the above forms to resume research activity.

Labs CANNOT reopen until they obtain written OVPR approval to resume research activity.

Resuming Research Activity (Phase 2 and 3)

For pilot or limited research activity, including generation of targeted research to support impending grant deadlines and contract resubmissions, competitive renewals and no-cost extensions, response to manuscript or other reviewer comments and help graduate students and postdocs close to completing their degree/term of appointment. The form to be submitted can be accessed at

For resuming research activity, graduate students, staff and faculty must submit a COVID-19 Safety Plan ([COVID19_Safety_Plan_Template%20Updated.docx]updated form) and complete a mandatory online training offered by EHS

Phase 4 Transition to Research as Usual (To be Determined)

For additional details, please visit

Updated May 19, 2020