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

On June 1, 2020, UT began operating under Research Level 3 (RL3) of the multi-level plan to increase research activity on- and off- campus. Research projects and the personnel working on those projects must be approved individually by the CNS Associate Dean for Research in consultation with CNS department chairs. 

On July 15, 2020, the Office of the Vice President for Research announced plans to move to cohort scheduling for research activity beginning July 27. The objective of introducing cohort scheduling into RL3 is to allow more RL3-approved researchers to return to campus to work on critical and time-sensitive projects while maintaining the ultra-low workforce density (30-40%) at any given time. Cohort scheduling applies only to research groups currently authorized to conduct on-campus research under RL3. If you are not currently approved for RL3 activity email CNS_SRI@austin.utexas.edu for information about submitting a RL3 request.

All researchers in the same building or complex will need to follow the same cohort schedule. This applies even if you do not wish to bring back additional members of your group and instead choose to maintain your lab as a single cohort at 33% workforce density. Cohort model details and schedule for your building are available on the CNS Cohort Models webpage. 

RL3 caps the Workforce Number at 30%-40% of the total research workforce, which refers to the maximum allowable percentage of researchers on-site. 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 levels, should COVID-19 infections rise again.

Refer to the steps, links, and resources below to learn more about research activities permitted in this level 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 RL3 Restart Request Form.


Outlines all of the information you will need to complete the CNS RL3 Personnel Request Form.


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


Current Level: 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.