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.


Latest Updates

Updates to the guidance on
human subjects research

Updated Feb. 1, 2021

The Guidance for Resuming Human Subjects Research has been updated as follows:

  • The revisions provide a mechanism to allow enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty and staff with permission to access University buildings to participate in human subjects research, either as a researcher and/or a participant.
  • The revisions require all on-campus labs conducting human subjects research to submit a Research Laboratory Operations Plan (RLOP) or Research Non-laboratory Operations Plan (RNOP).
  • Researchers and research subjects must participate in the Princeton University asymptomatic testing program, with the most recent test within one week of participation.
  • There has been no change to the policy prohibiting off-campus visitors from serving as research subjects on campus at this time.

Visit Human Subjects Research to learn more

Guidance for
researchers and specialists

Updated Feb. 1, 2021

A memo to postdoctoral researchers, academic specialists, and other Dean of the Faculty appointees highlights the latest information regarding the University's response to the pandemic. 

The memo includes information on:

  • Working on and off campus
  • Testing
  • Vaccination
  • Scientific modeling and COVID statistics
  • Students returning to campus

Read the memo

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:

Previous Updates

Faculty guidance for Spring 2021

Jan. 22, 2021

A memo to all faculty outlines information about the University's COVID preparations as the spring semester approaches. 

Read the memo

Undergraduate research planning

Dec. 9, 2020

Departments were asked to decide if undergraduate researchers will be allowed in their labs or studios this spring.

Read the memo

Expansion of campus access

Dec. 1, 2020

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. Faculty members (assistant, associate and full professors, as well as senior lecturers) may request use of their office as a single-occupancy space. 

New lab occupancy density guidelines issued

Nov. 2, 2020

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