COVID-19: On-campus Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities

In March 2020, on-campus research and scholarly activity was curtailed on UBC's Vancouver and Okanagan campuses in response to COVID-19. Following extensive consultations between the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and Faculties, a gradual resumption of on-campus research and scholarly activity began in June, 2020, in line with public health guidance and regulations.

In line with Stage 3 of the BC Restart Plan, on-campus research, scholarly and creative activities as well as research field work can now be conducted in line with UBC's COVID-19 Safety Plans available at

Guidance continues to apply for in-person research involving human participants. Please consult the websites of the applicable research ethics board (BREBBREB-OClinical REBC&W REBPHC REB and the BC Cancer REB) for the latest guidance on human participant research.


The Office of the VP, Research & Innovation scheduled a series of virtual town halls in April and May, 2021 to hear from UBC faculty members about the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on their research and scholarly activities and programs. A summary of the discussions is available.

Last updated: July 2021

Summary of Initial On-Campus Research Curtailment and Phased Resumption