The McCombs School of Business is following guidance by the Vice President for Research (VPR) to restart on-campus research that has been shut down due to COVID. UT’s current policy remains that all research that can be done remotely should continue to do so.
The VPR’s Research Restart policy primarily applies to research which requires researchers to be onsite in a lab or field setting for human subjects and other research or access a shared use facility (e.g., secure database and computational facilities). The VPR worked with the Associate Deans for Research to develop a multi-level phased approach to safely resume research. For a description of each Research Phase, please download the Resuming Research Operations at UT-Austin PDF from the VPR's COVID-19 site. For additional information about restarting research, you should download the PI Research Restart Toolkit on the VPR website.
We are currently in Research Level 3B, which allows for limited non-human subjects, non-contact research to be conducted on campus, subject to density constraints. Beginning September 23, 2020, principal investigators may apply to resume certain types of human subjects research that have been paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts to resume human subjects research will follow the principles outlined in UT’s Research Restart plan but also require attention to new issues, including informed consent of participants, required processes for COVID-19 screening and positive test notification, and assessment of COVID-19 transmission risk as well as potential benefits to study participants. Please download the Human Subjects Research Restart Plan.
On-Campus and Field Research Restart Application
Researchers who wish to restart on-campus research MUST complete the following form.
NOTE: All research that can be conducted remotely should continue to be conducted remotely and all research meetings should be conducted remotely.
Complete the Research Restart Form