Research Update: Changes to Research Recovery Planning

An audio archive of the April 6, 2021 Town Hall is available

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to provide an update on the Staged Approach for Restarting Research Activity.  As of today, we will be implementing a new, expedited approval process for Stage 1 research activities that do not create close contacts (defined by the CDC as > 15 minutes of cumulative time within 6ft of an individual positive for COVID-19 over a 24-hour period while they are contagious).  Note that if you are conducting research activities that can create close contacts by nature of the research, you will need to follow the existing guidance for Stage 2 Research Recovery Plan submission and approval.

If you already have an approved Stage 1 Research Recovery plan, no action is required.  Please refer to the decision tree and new guidance on our website for information how to submit a new Stage 1 plan or update approved protocols, including guidance for adding new research personnel. 

In order to discuss these transitions, as well as provide a forum for discussion on research recovery, the OVPRI and research IMT group will host another virtual Town Hall session to provide updates for 2021.


*Note: We will post the recording of the Town Hall online for those who cannot attend.  

We will take questions during the virtual meeting session, but also encourage you to submit questions in advance for us to address in the meeting. Please email questions to by Monday, April 5th at 12:00pm.

As a reminder, the University continues to discourage personal travel.  For those in your group who do travel out of the area during the upcoming spring break, please ensure that they follow the CDC travel guidance (which recommends viral testing 3-5 days post-travel and self-quarantining for 7 days upon return).  Free testing is available through UO MAPesting is available through UO MAP.  Individuals who traveled out-of-state in the past 7 days cannot access research core facilities, so plan appropriately with your team if you need to utilize these resources.  

Please continue to pay close attention to your university email and frequently monitor the UO’s coronavirus website as well as the recently updated Research FAQ site. If you have any unaddressed needs or questions, please use the UO COVID-19 web form.

Thank you for your continued efforts and flexibility in advancing our research enterprise while also prioritizing the safety and well-being of our community.



Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation
Research Professor, Institute for a Sustainable Environment
University of Oregon
(541) 346-2090