Impact on Research Activities from COVID-19
Research is central to Brown’s mission, and the health and safety of our research community is a top priority. For this reason, the same principles to limit COVID-19 exposure that have been communicated to the Brown campus are being applied also to research activities.
All non-critical, on-campus research will be restricted only to essential activities by 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 18. Critical work includes maintenance of certain equipment, maintenance of critical samples and care of animals, and work whose interruption would result in irretrievable or unrecoverable loss of data or samples, or loss of time for an ongoing experiment that could not be recovered within a reasonable period.
Faculty researchers have been provided guidance to ramp down bench research in an orderly fashion. Senior Academic Deans and research leaders are being provided with further guidance, including for activities that are deemed critical. The Brown Center for Animal Resources and Education has communicated details to affected researchers about COVID-19 emergency planning and is collecting important information regarding needed lab personnel for animal husbandry. Researchers have been asked to provide this information.
All human subject research activities must be conducted remotely effective Monday, March 16. In particular, research participants are no longer permitted to travel to campus, and Brown personnel cannot travel to participants' homes.
Please see further details in the following communications: