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 stages 1-1B permit expanded access to on-campus research and limited face-to-face human subjects research.  UO stage 2 permits extended close contact activities in circumstances where such interaction is necessary to conduct research activities that cannot otherwise occur under UO stage 1 allowances.

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, UO stage 1A, or UO stage 1B must complete Research Recovery Plans and obtain approval. Details are provided on our website and in the FAQs for Research Recovery below.


A Phased Approach for Restarting Research Activity

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 November 4 at 4pm.

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


The following message was sent to the UO research community on Nov. 17, 2020

Audio archive of Oct. 28 Virtual Research Town Hall Available

Sept. 10 — Thanks to everyone who joined us for the September virtual town hall/Q&A sessions on COVID-19 research planning

All COVID-19 Announcements for Researchers