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This page contains information ​for faculty and other researchers about UT and CNS' phased approach to increasing research operations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On May 21, 2020, the Office of the Vice President for Research announced that UT will begin a multi-phase plan to increase research activity on- and off-campus. For now each research project will need to be approved individually.  The approval process will run through the colleges. PIs who wish to perform research in this next phase will need to request approval through the Assoc. Dean of Research. Requests will be evaluated in consultation with the CNS department chairs.

You will see that each Research Phase in the restart plan specifies a target Workforce Number, which refers to the maximum allowable percentage of researchers on-site. Research is currently operating according to the plan's Research Phase 3 which began June 1, 2020. Research Phase 3 caps the Workforce Number at 30%-40% of the total research workforce. Visit the Research Restart FAQs page (link below) for clarification on calculating your Workforce Number. Please do not resume projects that cannot be stopped again on short notice. We should anticipate the possibility of returning to more restricted research phases, should COVID-19 infections rise again. 

CNS is accepting PI requests to resume Phase 3 research activity only. Even if you have a current research exemption, you still need to request approval for this new phase of research activity. Note: Requests to restart Fieldwork Research should be submitted via a separate form, linked below.

Refer to the steps, links, and resources below to learn more about research activities permitted in this phase and to find useful templates for resuming research in your lab. 




Links and Resources


Outlines all of the information you will need to complete the CNS Research Restart Request Form.


Policies, best practices, and a checklist for resuming research operations in your lab.

Current Phase: 3. Limited research activity has resumed on site.
Answers to frequently asked questions regarding research restart.

Resources and procedures for planning the restart of your research operations


template to capture critical information for contact tracing

Visit VPR's Research Restart page for more information and resources.