COVID-19 Research Operations
New field research guidelines issued
April 28, 2021
- The Office of the Dean for Research has issued new guidelines regarding field research, defined as research conducted outside any laboratory, academic building or library at Princeton or other institution during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The guidelines apply to all field research in Divisions 1-4 conducted by faculty, students, researchers, staff and postdoctoral researchers both domestically and internationally.
- Prior to conducting any field research, each faculty member or principal investigator must submit a Field Research Plan to their department chair or institute director, followed by submission to the Office of the Dean for Research (DFR) for review and approval.
- All field research must be conducted in accordance with the University’s COVID-19 travel policies as well as policies related to research funding, local permits and permissions, and research compliance.
- These guidelines expand upon and replace the Field Animal Research guidelines issued August 3, 2020.
Memo on summer and fall expectations
April 25, 2021
Dean for Research Pablo G. Debenedetti issued a memo to remind professors, department chairs and department managers in Divisions III and IV of the need to continue to follow health and safety guidelines during the pandemic, and to share expectations for summer and fall.
- Our current policy and guidelines, including on face coverings and social distancing, comply, as they must, with New Jersey Executive Orders 155 (Limited in-Person Instruction at Institutions of Higher Education) and 192 (Workplace Safety Standards), which remain in effect.
- Policies apply equally to vaccinated and non-vaccinated persons and labs.
- Procedures are in place for densifying labs up to an occupancy level that maintains no less than 125 sq. ft./researcher at all times.
- Procedures are in place for allowing the return to campus of graduate students and post-docs (e.g., theoretical/computational researchers) for whom working remotely is a major impediment.
- COVID-19 Research Operations
- COVID-19 Research FAQ
- Guidance and procedures
Revised guidelines for Resuming Field Research: Principal Investigators must submit a Field Research Plan indicating how researchers will comply with social distancing and hygiene practices while conducting field research.
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
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)
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).
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.
Find out when, where and how to wear a mask both on and off campus.
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?
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
- Academic Research Infrastructure Plan for departments
- Research Lab Operations Plan for Principal Investigators/facility directors
- Checklist for ramping up your laboratory
- Checklist for shutting down your laboratory
- Checklist for shutting down your Biosafety cabinet
- 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: email@example.com.
- Memos from the Dean for Research
Dean for Research Pablo Debenedetti's memos regarding research during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- May 1, 2021: Revised guidelines for Resuming Field Research
- April 25, 2021: Summer and Fall Expectations
- Mar. 15, 2021: On-campus Undergraduate Research: Summer 2021
- Feb. 1, 2021: Spring 2021 COVID-19 Updates for Researchers and Specialists
- Jan. 20, 2021: Spring 2021 and the University’s COVID-19 Resources
- Dec. 9, 2020: Memo on Undergraduate Research for Spring 2021
- Dec. 2, 2020: Next Steps in Resumption Activities in the:
- June 17, 2020: Announcing the phased resumption of on-campus research
- April 25, 2020: Planning for the eventual phased resumption of on-campus research
- March 21, 2020: Halting of on-campus research activities
- March 16, 2020: PI responsibilities for continuity of research and submission of Research Essential Operations Plan
- March 9, 2020: COVID-19 planning for research continuity
Updates to the guidance on
human subjects research
Feb. 1, 2021
The Guidance for Resuming Human Subjects Research has been updated to expand participation in human subjects research, either as a researcher and/or a participant.
Visit Human Subjects Research to learn more
researchers and specialists
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.