COVID-19: Curtailing research activities on UBC campuses

MARCH 19 Broadcast email    ​Exemption Form    UBC Response to COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, the university is curtailing on-campus research and creative scholarship activities on its Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. The research community is now directed to work remotely.  Individual researchers may, however, apply for a critical research exemption to continue on-campus research.

Principal Investigators should suspend all other research and creative scholarship on the university campuses and implement plans to operate remotely by end of day on Tuesday March 24. This curtailment is in effect until April 15, 2020 and may be extended.

UBC priorities with respect to research are to:

  • Ensure the health and safety of our local and broader community
  • Maintain the welfare of research animals
  • Ensure the sustainability and safety of critical research resources, data and reagents that are difficult to replace
  • Assist researchers in maintaining or obtaining research funding to cover staff salaries and other priorities

These guidelines below prioritize health and safety, first and foremost.  They are intended to facilitate the curtailment of most on-campus research activity and the continuing operation of some critical on-campus research activity.  The exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in allow for continuity of only the most essential research operations on campus. 

Last update: March 26, 8:00pm
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Who does this directive apply to?
What research can continue on campus?
How do I apply for a curtailment exemption?
What is the deadline to submit an exemption form?
Can I work on research projects from home?
Can I still access my research lab or facility?
I plan to conduct COVID-19-related research and need to get started as soon as possible. What should I do?*
Are new funding sources and opportunities available for COVID-19 research?*
Research Supplies
How will UBC deal with limited research supplies (e.g., gloves, masks and liquid nitrogen)?
What should I do if I my research involves fieldwork?
Research with Human Participants
Can I continue research involving human participants?
Working with Animals
Can I continue to submit protocols to the Animal Care Committee?
Can I still access training?
How are Animal Care Services facilities impacted?
Plant Care
What should I do if my research uses Plant Care Services?
Remote Access to research data
How can I securely store and access my data so that I can continue my research remotely?
Guidance for curtailing research activity in your laboratory or research space
How can I minimize the impact on my research program or lab, and the associated academic progress of my graduate students and postdoctoral fellows?
Research Funding
Are funding application dates changing?
Eligible expenses
Submitting my Research Project Information Form (RPIF)?
New funding opportunities for COVID-19 research*
Who should I contact if I have questions about support for my research?