COVID-19 for Researchers

Coronavirus Information for Researchers

General Guidance for Researchers

The UO research enterprise is operating under State executive orders for higher education and is implementing a Staged Approach to Restarting Research Activity (see below). 

Our overarching goals are to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff while increasing research activity in a staged approach as public health guidance and safety conditions permit. Recovery will be a long-term transition with a restart process that is scaled gradually and aligned with public health conditions. 

UO phase 0 permits limited essential maintenance activities; UO phase 0.5 expands to essential limited research activities for research on-campus and in the field; UO stage 1 and 1A permit expanded access on-campus research and some face-to-face human subjects research. 

Faculty, staff, and students engaged in UO phase 0: Limited Essential Maintenance Activities are required to complete the OVPRI on-campus research form prior to any campus visits. Faculty seeking to pursue UO phase 0.5, UO stage 1, or UO stage 1A must complete Research Recovery Plans and obtain approval. Details are provided on our website and in the FAQs for Research Recovery below.


Research Recovery Planning

We have developed a framework for a phased approach to restart research activity and a path forward that ensures the safety, health, and well-being of our research enterprise.


Restarting Research Activity

COVID-19 FAQ for Researchers

Section last updated July 27, 2020 at 7am.

NOTE: The Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) also has a helpful COVID-19 FAQ for researchers and list of agency responses/additional resources.


Research-Related FAQs


Sept. 10 — Town Hall Session to discuss Stage 1B Implementation

Aug. 12 — Thanks to everyone who joined us for the August virtual town hall/Q&A sessions on COVID-19 research planning

July 15, 2020 — Thanks to everyone who joined us for virtual town hall sessions on COVID-19 research planning

All COVID-19 Announcements for Researchers