COVID-19 research guidance and March 24 virtual Town Hall sessions

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who joined us for the March 24 virtual town hall sessions for researchers to address questions related to COVID-19 and the impact on the UO research enterprise.

Please continue to pay close attention to your university email and frequently monitor the UO’s coronavirus website, the best place to get the latest information about the UO’s institution-wide response to COVID-19. Please let us know about unaddressed needs or questions by using the UO COVID-19 web form.


David Conover, Vice President for Research and Innovation, sent the following message to the campus research community on March 20, 2020. It offers continued COVID-19 guidance to researchers and information about upcoming virtual town hall sessions for researchers on March 24, 2020.


Dear Campus Research Community,

I want to thank each of you for the important steps you have taken in recent weeks to ensure the health and safety of our research community. Whether you are transitioning to remote work where possible, practicing social distancing or developing continuity plans, we greatly appreciate the patience and support that you have shown during this demanding time. As many of you know, the governor issued an executive order on Thursday to reduce activity at Oregon universities by permitting only critical functions including research. I know that many of you have significantly reduced your on-campus and in-person research activities, and I want everyone to be prepared for the increasingly likely possibility that on very short notice you will need to further restrict or stop your on-campus operations for all but absolutely essential functions such as care of animals, maintenance of gases, cell lines, and equipment, and similar necessary operations.       

While we do not know how events will play out over the next few days, our office and the research operations IMT group is committed to keeping you informed and supporting your needs. In addition to identifying key supply and access needs based on your submitted continuity plans, we are working diligently to stay on top of the fast-moving developments and continually updating our COVID-19 Research FAQ site. Answers to specific questions on research activities can be found on that site. 

There are many unknowns as to how the COVID-19 response impacts our research enterprise. To help address these questions, the OVPRI and research IMT group will be hosting a series of town hall Zoom meetings to hear your questions and provide additional information. We invite you to join us at any of the following sessions on Tuesday, March 24:

  1. 10:15-10:45am: Vertebrate animal researchers
  2. 11:00-11:30am: Wet and dry lab researchers (not involving regulated animals)
  3. 11:45-12:15pm: Human subjects researchers
  4. 12:30-1:00pm: Theoretical/computational researchers

Please continue to pay close attention to your university email and frequently monitor the UO’s coronavirus website, the best place to get the latest information about the UO’s institution-wide response to COVID-19. Please let us know about unaddressed needs or questions by using the UO COVID-19 web form.

I know the ongoing reduction of research activities is distressing for many of us, but prioritizing the greater good over our normal daily activities is the best path forward during these unprecedented times. As we weather this storm together, I continue to be inspired by the defining features of our research community. We are incredibly creative and remarkably resilient. And as we face new challenges head on, I am confident that we will navigate these upcoming weeks together and emerge as an even stronger and more dynamic community.

David Conover

Vice President of Research and Innovation