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We are in the midst of the phased reintroduction of Boston University’s on-campus research. Our goal is to protect and support our community, both by minimizing viral infections and by finding safe and creative ways to resume research previously put on hold. 

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Request Approval to Resume Research

We have asked for the research community’s help staging our recovery effort. Specifically, we need faculty PIs ready to activate their research groups to take the following steps:

  1. Carefully review the full toolkit below, which includes details on process, important guidelines, planning templates, and resources
  2. Draft a recovery plan using this Word template (or this planning template for field research)
  3. Make a list of your lab/research personnel using this Excel template
  4. Submit your plan and personnel list by uploading as part of the appropriate web form:

Following approval of your plan by the Office of Research, you will receive information about returning to campus and making updates to your plan moving forward. All plan updates and additions to your on-campus personnel list must be approved in advance by the Office of Research.

A planning form is also available to facilitate recovery planning for Healthcare Services. Healthcare clinics and clinical training centers are not required to use the separate planning template.



Research Recovery Guidance

As approved research groups return to campus, their models for research and collaboration look very different from how they looked in the past. Research that can be conducted remotely should continue remotely, and meetings should continue to be virtual. On-campus work must adapt operations to prioritize physical distancing, cleanliness, and safety.

View Guidance


Shared Spaces

Schools and Colleges have designated building coordinators to implement a plan for the care and use of non-laboratory and common areas in buildings with several labs.

Learn More

Resources & Templates

*Required form/template; also listed above, under “Actions Required”


COVID-19 Health Concerns COVID-19 Support Line 617-358-4990
Lab Safety & Cleaning  Environmental Health & Safety
PPE/Supply Acquisition Sourcing & Procurement
Research with Animals Animal Science Center
Research with Human Subjects Charles River Campus Institutional Review Board
Medical Campus Institutional Review Board
Shared Spaces Assigned Building Coordinator Contact list
Other Office of Research