COVID-19 research continuity planning for the University of Utah: April 25 – May 11

The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) remains operational as we continue to closely monitor the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Here are our most recent research community updates:

Health and Safety Requirements for Level Orange (Limited Research Operations)

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety has sent out an important memorandum on Health and Safety Requirements for Level Orange (Limited Research Operations). It is essential that all personnel comply with the additional safety measures to help minimize the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. 

Research Alert Levels Table

The Research Alert Levels table was recently updated on May 7th, 2020. This table is a living document and will change as university guidelines and policies continue to evolve.

Research Town Hall Materials

Thank you to everyone who attended the Research Town hall on May 6. You can access the town hall recording and materials in the Ubox folder.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Frequently Asked Questions page was posted on the VPR COVID-19 website. The FAQ page references information on limited research activity, telecommuting, PPE, and more.

Health and Safety Posters

The Resources for Researchers webpage has posted a few helpful documents from the Center for Disease Control and Salt Lake County Health Department.

Hiring Policies and Salary Increases Funded by Grants

memorandum was recently sent out regarding hiring policies and salary increases funded by grants and contracts.

COVID-18 Research Activities Reporting

As a reminder, please check to see if your COVID-related research project is already captured at the COVID-19 research activities page. If it’s not listed, please fill out the VPR COVID-19 web form below to be added to the database and the mailing list for the 3i weekly COVID research newsletter.

“Why Research Univeristies Matter”

President Ruth Watkins and Vice President for Research Andrew Weyrich published an op-ed piece in the Deseret News regarding Why Research Universities Matter.

Thank you for all of your input as we strive to provide needed information and guidance on the VPR website as quickly as possible. We appreciate all of your hard work to keep research operations running smoothly as much as possible during these challenging events.

Sincerely,

Andy Weyrich

Vice President for Research

Diane Pataki

Associate Vice President for Research

Erin Rothwell

Associate Vice President for Research Compliance & Integrity