COVID-19 Research Operations

Phased Resumption of On-Campus Research

Princeton University has created a plan for the phased resumption of on-campus laboratory-based research in a safe and orderly manner. The timing of the resumption will be determined by the University’s leadership, taking into account local, state, and national public health guidance and directives. All non-experimental work will continue to be done remotely.


Department and lab operations plans

Under the Phased Resumption plan, each department and Principal Investigator/facility director must submit plans detailing how the department and lab/facility will implement the appropriate public health and hygiene measures for each level of research operations.

Plans must be approved by the Office of the Dean for Research before on-campus research may resume.

Resources

Guidance and procedures

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 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.

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?

Campus-wide coronavirus guidance

Learn about social distancing, isolation and quarantine, as well as recognizing COVID-19 symptoms, and what to do if you think you might have the disease.

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: