Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Your Research:

Coronavirus and your Research

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Coronavirus and Research 


23 March 2020

With the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director’s STAY AT HOME Order issued March 22, 2020 (Order), only critical research and essential government functions needed to ensure the continuing operation of the university’s critical research are permissible on campus through April 6, 2020.

UC research activities are categorized as Level III (Standard), Level II (Essential) and Level I (Critical). While we have been operating in Level II allowing Essential research activities on campus, as of today we must transition to Level I and now allow only approved Critical research activities on campus.

These activities must be limited to:

  • COVID-19 research that has the potential to mitigate the spread of the pandemic or is otherwise critical to the COVID-19 response;
  • Medical research that if discontinued would endanger the lives of the human subjects participating in the research;
  • Activities that require timely and regular attention to maintain essential functions that support critical research, including but not limited to critical research infrastructure and experimental conditions such as animal support, maintaining equipment that requires gas, cryogenic service, monitoring irreplaceable cell lines, maintaining unique or loaned collections, and other substantially similar treatments.

Each college through the dean or dean’s designee will establish the process by which critical research will be identified and approved. Researcher’s must work through their college if they are seeking approval to continue on-campus activities during the duration of this Order.

The full memorandum and guidance provided to the deans and ADRs can be found here.

Below you will find updated guidance for research activities that accounts for these changes due to the ODH Director’s Order.

I recognize these are challenging times for all of us, including many of our researchers who are involved in on-going and important projects. I ask your patience and understanding as we comply with this Order for the next two weeks. We will continue to monitor this situation and will be back in touch when the Order is lifted or we receive additional guidance from the state. Until then, please be safe, continue with your research in a remote environment, and stay in touch with your trainees and staff to ensure they are okay, cared for and supported during this pandemic.

Take care,


Pat Limbach

Vice President for Research


Research Reduction and Shutdown Guidance

UC Research Continuity Guidance (updated 3/24/2020)
Laboratory Ramp-down Checklist
Continuity Guidance for AHSS Research Activities

Information also available on our researchhow2 page.

Key Office of Research Contact Info

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Recommendations Regarding Lab Hygiene and Coronavirus

To reduce the potential transmission of the coronavirus (or other colds and flu) the Office of Research recommends all researchers consider the following:

  • Remind all personnel to practice recommended personal hygiene measures including washing hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, avoiding touching their face, and covering coughs.
  • Require that all personnel who are feeling unwell to stay home until they no longer have symptoms
  • Increase disinfecting of laboratory and communal spaces, including lab benches and chairs, equipment, common rooms.
  • Initiate remote-work opportunities for lab personnel and support staff immediately where feasible - both to allow for social distancing, or in case they need to self-isolate on short notice. Have personnel test out remote setups before they are needed.  The UC Alternate Work Schedule Policy describes the process for obtaining supervisor approval.
  • When remote-work is not feasible, immediately implement measures for “social distancing” of lab/research personnel.  For example, increase spacing between researchers to >6 feet, have personnel come to the lab in shifts, allowing every other bench to be unoccupied, etc.

Please take action to make sure your research program is prepared.  If you have further questions please contact



Other helpful resources:


General Information

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Office of Research Update on COVID-19 Procedures and Guidance

UCHealth OCR COVID-19 Guidance

UCCI Clinical Trials Office Changes

CDC Reports of Coronavirus in the US  

CDC Coronavirus Information for Specific Audiences

Council on Government Relations: Institutional and Agency Responses to COVID-19 and Additional Resources

COGR FAQs Regarding COVID-19's Impact on Federal Awards

UC Graduate School Updates

Yale University: Extensive and Detailed Laboratory/Facility Planning Information.  


Specific Federal Funding Agencies

Department of Defense (DOD) Frequently Asked Questions

Department of Energy (DOE) COVID-19 Response Team

National Science Foundation (NSF) Information for the Research Community with Detailed Guidance on COVID-19

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Information and General FAQs Regarding COVID-19

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH):  Information on NEH and COVID-19


Last updated: 3/25/2020




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