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Research Ramp-up

May 29, 2020
Rodolfo H. Torres
Vice Chancellor
Research and Economic Development
May 29, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that we have finalized requirements for ramping up on-campus research as part of our next phase of returning to our physical workspaces. I appreciate the feedback we received after I mentioned this effort in the recent RED newsletter and believe our plan will provide an important framework to ensure adherence to public health guidelines designed to protect our students, faculty, and staff.

The final document is available here. There is also a Research Ramp-Up Agreement form that must be executed by each principal investigator and approved by their corresponding dean before research resumes. The procedures have been reviewed and endorsed by the Operations/Support Recovery and Public Health Committees that were formed to align all campus activities with CDC and public health recommendations focused on health and safety. I am grateful for their most valuable contributions to this document. 

The official start of Phase 2 of our ramp-up plan is June 8, 2020. This may give some PIs who are already performing some minimal functions time to adapt to the new conditions and get dean’s approval if a ramp-up in activities needs to take place. However, we expect it may take longer than that for many others to get their labs/facilities/team ready to ramp-up. To emphasize, June 8 is the earliest date research ramp-up can occur if everything needed is in place; it is not the date by which everybody authorized to resume on-campus activities must be onsite. 

I would also like to thank again the Research Ramp-up Committee members who developed our framework:

Shaun Bowler, Graduate Division Dean
Djurdjica Coss, Academic Senate Committee on Research Chair
Derick Fay, IRB-SB Chair
Sheila Hedayati, Environmental Health and Safety Executive Director*
Marcus Kaul, School of Medicine Representative
Chris Lynch, Bourns College of Engineering Dean
Peggy Mauk, Agricultural Operations Director
Milagros Peña, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Dean
Dylan Rodriguez, Academic Senate Chair
Thomas Smith, Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Jason Stajich, Academic Senate Chair-Elect
David Volz, IACUC Chair
Ameae Walker, Vice Provost for Academic Personnel
John Warren, UCR News and Information Director
Christiane Weirauch, Academic Senate Vice Chair

* Liaison with Operations/Support Recovery working group

As I mentioned previously, plans to resume on-campus research have been coordinated across the UC system, and our working group adapted the broader approach to suit our campus needs. 

Please contact your dean or me if you have questions about the protocols for resuming on-campus research.