Frequently asked questions

Effective June 1, the research operational plan (ROP) program UCLA launched with the move to Phase 2 of the ramp-up plan (PDF) will no longer be required for research and creative activities on campus or in the field.

Principal investigators can now utilize as many researchers — including staff, postdoctoral students, graduate and undergraduate students, high school students, volunteers and visiting scholars — as they deem necessary, as long as they continue to comply with all mandates from the Centers for Disease Control, the Californian Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA).

As a reminder, LACDPH has not relaxed its masking requirement, and Cal/OSHA continues to require masking and 6-foot physical distancing in all workplace areas at the present time. It is the responsibility of each PI to ensure that their activities are in compliance with these requirements and that they have articulated safety plans with all personnel on their team.

For those conducting field research, new travel guidance has been issued, but researchers are still required to complete a Field Safety Plan (DOCX) for review and approval by UCLA Environment, Health and Safety.

For more information about research operations, visit UCLA’s research ramp-up website or email c19@research.ucla.edu.

Students and research: With the ROP program no longer required for research and creative activities on campus or in the field, personnel density limits and previous restrictions placed on undergraduate student researchers have been lifted.

Research personnel on campus must continue to comply with all mandates from the Centers for Disease Control, the Californian Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA).

As a reminder, LACDPH has not relaxed its masking requirement, and Cal/OSHA continues to require masking and 6-foot physical distancing in all workplace areas at the present time. It is the responsibility of each PI to ensure that their activities are in compliance with these requirements and that they have articulated safety plans with all personnel on their team.

UCLA Environment, Health and Safety provides safety information for researchers, including guidance on physical distancing, updates on chemical safety, biosafety, high-containment lab operations, and radiation and laser safety.

Under UCLA Policy 992, any research group that plans to conduct research with SARS-CoV-2 must obtain Institutional Biosafety Committee approval prior to beginning any such research. As part of the IBC review process, a full risk assessment would be conducted to ensure worker safety and agent containment.

UCLA Research Administration staff are working remotely, and all offices are open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Offices within UCLA Research Administration may be contacted through their individual websites:

Or email Marcia Smith (marcia.smith@research.ucla.edu) or Carina Cobos (carina.cobos@research.ucla.edu) at the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration.

Certain research administration operations have been modified due to COVID-19:

  • Monthly Research Administration Forum meetings are being held via Zoom.
  • Protocols, proposals and awards involving COVID-19 studies are being expedited.
  • Proposals are being submitted remotely.
  • Awards are being processed remotely.
  • Financial reports and invoices are being submitted remotely.
  • Faculty compliance committees are meeting via Zoom.

Additional resources

Questions about research during COVID-19 restrictions may be directed to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities at c19@research.ucla.edu

Research Ramp-up website

Vice Chancellor’s message on research continuity during COVID-19 restrictions

UCLA Guidelines for Research Ramp-up (PDF)

Recommended COVID-19 resources

Covid Team

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