COVID-19 Research Operations

This page provides information for the Princeton University research community on the Plan for the Phased Resumption of On-Campus Research.

Updates:

Dec 9, 2020

In light of President Eisgruber’s announcement welcoming undergraduates to campus for the spring semester, the Dean for Research and Dean of the College have asked departments whether they plan to host undergraduate researchers in their labs or studios this spring.

Key points:

  • High standards: Health and safety must be the foremost consideration when planning for the ability of undergraduates to conduct research on campus.
  • Plan holistically: Departments should consider whether undergraduate researchers can be accommodated in laboratories and studios given the University’s limited space and capacity, given strict physical distancing requirements.
  • Prioritize access based on curricular requirements: Priority should be given to seniors followed by juniors doing independent research or studio work, followed by engineering sophomores enrolled in a credited independent work course.
  • Submission process: Faculty members should submit by Friday, Dec. 18 the names of undergraduates to be considered for approval to work in the lab or studio. In addition, faculty in the natural sciences and engineering must include new undergraduates in a revised Research Laboratory Operations Plan. Departments in the social sciences and humanities must include new undergraduates in their departmental resumption plans.
  • Approval required: All plans will be reviewed carefully. If approved, undergraduates can begin on-campus research on Feb. 1, 2021.

Read the memo.


Dec. 1, 2020

The Dean of the Faculty, Dean for Research and Acting Dean of the Graduate School have announced next steps in the resumption of on-campus research and scholarly activities. 

The update makes it possible for faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and others in academic departments and institutes to request permission to work on campus. 

However, to help keep the campus density as low as possible, faculty and researchers are strongly encouraged to continue to work from home if they can do so effectively. On-campus work must be done in compliance with the University’s strict health and safety protocols.

Key points:

  • Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and others in academic departments in engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities whose living conditions are a major impediment to their work may request approval to work on campus. 
    •  The policy includes researchers conducting non-laboratory work, including theoretical or computational work. (Previously, only laboratory-based researchers were permitted to work on campus.)
    • Priority will be given to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers
  • Faculty members (assistant, associate and full professors, as well as senior lecturers) may request use of their office as a single-occupancy space. 
  • To learn more and to request approval, visit: 

 


 

New Lab Occupancy Density

Nov. 2, 2020

The lab occupancy density requirement has been updated to a minimum of 125 sq-ft from 160 sq-ft per researcher.

 


 

Art Museum Research Appointments

Updated Oct. 13, 2020

An appendix to the Plan for the Phase Resumption of On-Campus Research describes opening the Art Museum to provide research and teaching support for Princeton University faculty, staff, and students effective August 31.

 

 


 

Office hours for PIs

Updated Nov. 2, 2020

Three sessions are available the week of Nov. 9 to answer PI's questions about the change in density requirements. 

 


 

Fall 2020 COVID-19 Town Hall Meeting - Slides Available

Updated Oct. 1, 2020

On September 30, Princeton held a Research Town Hall to answer questions about the phased resumption of on-campus laboratory research.

 


 

Update Your Plan

Updated Nov. 2, 2020

Find out how to submit revisions to your RLOP to increase the permitted density of laboratory personnel.

 


 

New Guidance for Human and Field Animal Research

Updated Aug. 3, 2020

Two appendices pertaining to human and field animal research have been added to the Plan for the Phased Resumption of On-Campus Research:

Resources

Guidance and procedures

Guidelines for updating your Research Lab Operation Plan (RLOP): View instructions for revising and submitting changes to your plan to increase the permitted density of laboratory personnel from 160 square feet per person to 125 square feet per person.

Guidance for safe research during COVID-19 pandemic: View guidelines on social distancing, face coverings, lab coats, decontamination and disinfection, hazardous waste, training, shared facilities and equipment, general work rules, requests for accommodations, and related resources in Section 5 of the Plan for the Phased  Resumption of On-Campus Research (Environmental Health & Safety).

Building guidance for safe usage of building for research during COVID-19 pandemic: View practices for exterior doors, restrooms, elevators, hallways and stairwells, atrium/common spaces, conference rooms, hoteling/open work stations, break rooms, coffee makers/water coolers/refrigerators, meetings, vehicles, TigerTransit and public transportation, parking, time clocks, meals, mail and packages, and quiet rooms in Section 6 of the Plan for the Phased Resumption of On-Campus Research (Environmental Health & Safety).

Guidance for resuming human subjects research: View guidance regarding all human subjects research conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, including research conducted off campus.

Guidelines for resuming field animal research: These guidelines provide for the safe conduct of field animal research once researchers have reached their field site, and apply to field animal research conducted off campus, including at Stony Ford, within the United States, and internationally.

Guidance for staff who must be on campus: View procedures for staying healthy and preventing the spread of COVID-19 from the CDC and Princeton's Environmental Health & Safety.

Princeton University Library's phased resumption of research services: PUL is phasing in library services for Princeton University faculty, researchers, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students.

Information for university contractors and vendors: Find out how to comply with New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines and the most recent version of Governor Murphy’s executive orders.

Purchasing supplies needed to support the resumption of on-campus research (PDF): Find information from Procurement on how to obtain supplies, given current produce availability and lead times.

Find ways to help through the COVID-19 Response Special Activities and Resources Group: For non-research volunteer projects focused on production, manufacturing, and donation, visit this program run by the Office of the Provost and Environmental Health and Safety.

Find more answers to your questions on our COVID-19 FAQs.

Health and safety

Guidance for safe research during COVID-19 pandemic 

View guidelines on social distancing, face coverings, lab coats, decontamination and disinfection, hazardous waste, training, shared facilities and equipment, general work rules, requests for accommodations, and related resources in Section 5 of the Plan for the Phased  Resumption of On-Campus Research (Environmental Health & Safety)

Building guidance for safe usage of building for research during COVID-19 pandemic

View practices for exterior doors, restrooms, elevators, hallways and stairwells, atrium/common spaces, conference rooms, hoteling/open work stations, break rooms, coffee makers/water coolers/refrigerators, meetings, vehicles, TigerTransit and public transportation, parking, time clocks, meals, mail and packages, and quiet rooms in Section 6 of the Plan for the Phased Resumption of On-Campus Research (Environmental Health & Safety).

Ordering personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies

Visit this site to find out how to order disposable surgical masks, cloth face coverings, disposable surgical gowns, hand sanitizer bottles, disinfectant wipes, and N95 and other purifying respirators. Faculty do not need to purchase these items from their own research funds. Faculty are advised not to hoard supplies, and consider instead slowly restoring reserves over several months.

Guidance on the use of face coverings

Find out when, where and how to wear a mask both on and off campus.

The right mask – a primer

Surgical masks, homemade masks and respirators have become a symbol of the COVID-19 pandemic. Which is the right choice to use? How do they protect us?

Fall Term 2020 Coronavirus Information

Find complete information about plans for campus reopening for the Fall Term, with links to information for undergraduates and their families, graduate students, postdoctoral and staff researchers, staff and faculty. 

Forms and checklists
  • Inquiry form: Use this form to submit an inquiry or information related to a revision to your Research Lab Operations Plan
  • Update to research personnel form: Department managers or building access coordinators may use this form to submit names of research personnel to be added or deleted from the building access list. 

For questions about research continuity or operations, email: researchplan@princeton.edu.

Memos from the Dean for Research

Dean for Research Pablo Debenedetti's memos regarding research during the COVID-19 pandemic: