On-campus Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic


The Office of the VP, Research & Innovation has 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. 


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.

Conducting on-campus research and scholarly activity is currently managed at the Faculty level and is consistent with public health guidance and individual Faculty Safety Plans. Contact your Faculty for the latest details. 

On March 8, 2021, Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, provided information for B.C. public post-secondary institutions to guide planning for a return to on-campus activity this fall. UBC is now planning for a return to on-campus instruction and increased levels of on-campus research activity for Winter Session, Term 1, in September. It is important to stress that the health and wellbeing of our UBC community remain our first priority. 

Additional guidance continues to apply for in-person research involving human participants. Additional review and the creation of a safe research plan may now be required prior to submission for ethics approval for both new and resuming studies. Please visit the BREB website for the latest guidance on conducting  behavioural research. For clinical research at any of the UBC affiliated Health Authority sites, please visit the website for the appropriate clinical board

Conducting fieldwork entails a review process at the Faculty level.

Last updated: April 2021

Summary of Initial On-Campus Research Curtailment and Phased Resumption


Can off-campus fieldwork be undertaken?
Can in-person research involving human participants be undertaken ?
What about research involving animals?
What should I do if my research uses Plant Care Services?
Can I access the UBC Library for materials that are not available digitally?
Are units in the VPRI portfolio still offering support to researchers?
How will UBC deal with limited research supplies (e.g., PPE)?
Can I still receive international shipments of research materials and supplies?
How can I securely store and access my data so that I can continue my research remotely?
Is additional software available for me to access remotely?