Phase I of Research Resumption

June 08, 2020 - As of June 8, 2020, Penn will be in Phase I of Research Resumption.



Research Returns to Campus

June 08, 2020 - Penn Today spoke with the Vice Provost for Research Dawn Bonnell to learn more about this first phase of research resumption, how it will inform future reopening efforts, and how researchers across campus are engaged in slowly, and safely, resuming their work.



A Phased Return to Research

Research is integral to our mission as a university and vitally important to our local, national, and global communities. In March, we discontinued all non-essential research for the health and safety of our campus, with narrowly defined exemptions including research that could have an immediate impact on the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now planning to resume research activities in three phases:·    

Phase 1: Increase priority research, enforcing restrictions on population density and continuing remote work.    

Phase 2: Expand research operations, increasing the population with physical distancing and continuing remote work.

Phase 3: Return to full research operations, benefitting from new hygiene practices and using remote work where possible.

In assessing the timing of these stages, we will be guided by our progress in minimizing risks to researchers, research subjects, patients, and the Penn community, while also mitigating adverse impacts on our world-leading research, especially promising research in its early stages and research in all areas related to COVID-19, which will continue to be our highest priority.


Research Resumption Strategy Master Plan

As the University anticipates improvement in the trajectory of the pandemic, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research has begun planning to resume our research activity. The plan for the resumption of research was informed by several task forces and councils, representing input from all Penn schools. The document and associated resources will evolve as technology and tools that support research resumption are developed.

Safety Products, Guidelines and Resources

Extensive resources for laboratory scientists as well as staff and faculty from the Environmental Health and Radiation Safety Office. Includes info on masks, respirators, ventilators, PPE, cleaning, deliveries, construction, law enforcement and home office ergonomics.