Research

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Research

UO research is operating under state executive orders for higher education and is implementing a staged approach to restarting research activity.

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.

What You Need to Know

  • Recovery will be a long-term transition with a restart process that is scaled gradually and aligned with public health conditions.
     

  • Review OVPRI’s staged approach for restarting research activity for a comprehensive overview of our current stage and permitted activities, guidance, and approval processes for pursuing research that cannot be conducted remotely. Each progressive phase/stage allows for more research activities to occur than earlier phases/stages.
     

  • All research activities must comply with OVPRI enhanced cleaning and distancing guidance. All human subjects activities must follow the guidance on engaging in human subject research during OVPRI COVID-19 recovery stages.

Research FAQs

NOTE: For additional questions related to research, please see our research-related COVID-19 FAQs.

What are the university’s recovery plans for research?

The Research IMT, in coordination with Environmental Health and Safety, Center and Institute directors, and other campus stakeholders, have implemented a Staged Approach for Restarting Research Activity plan that outlines immediate next steps and a path for resumption of research activities

What research activities are currently permitted? How do I obtain approval?

Please review OVPRI’s staged approach for restarting research activity for a comprehensive overview of current stage and permitted activities, guidance, and approval processes for pursuing research that cannot be conducted remotely. Each progressive phase/stage allows for more research activities to occur than earlier phases/stages. Note that all earlier phase/stage activities remain permitted.

All research activities must comply with OVPRI enhanced cleaning and distancing guidance. All human subjects activities must follow guidance on engaging in human subject research during OVPRI COVID-19 recovery stages. All research involving travel must seek approval from IMT's Travel Advisory Group.

What guidance have the federal agencies given in response to the COVID-19 outbreak?

Federal funding agencies continue to provide guidance on deadline extensions, flexibilities, and allowances related to COVID-19. The Council on Governmental Relations maintains an active list of federal agency notices. We also continue to review and address federal guidance on our research-related COVID-19 FAQs.

What about my upcoming grant proposal? Will it still be submitted?

The UO’s sponsored projects services is committed to continuing to provide comprehensive services pertaining to grants, contracts, and competitive awards. The unit is working remotely and submitting proposals without interruption.

Please make sure to create an Electronic Proposal Clearance System record for any anticipated grant submissions as soon as possible to help SPS anticipate upcoming workloads.

What if I need an extension of my proposal submission deadline?

Many federal agencies, including National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, have extended deadlines or are permitting late applications within a certain window.

For more guidance from sponsors on extended deadlines and late submissions, see research grants, contracts, and competitive awards in our research-related FAQs.

Please contact your pre-award sponsored projects administrators if you believe that you have a COVID-19-related reason for needing an extension.

Will there be other guidance regarding research matters in response to COVID-19?

For additional questions related to research, see our research-related COVID-19 FAQs.