Research

Brown is committed to sustaining and expanding critical research, and doing so in a safe manner through a robust set of protocols amid the global pandemic.

Research is central to Brown’s mission, and the health and safety of the University’s research community will remain a top priority in 2020-21.

In March 2020, all non-critical, on-campus research was paused as Brown adjusted its operations due to the spread of COVID-19. In early June, in concert with the state’s multi-phase Reopening Rhode Island plan, Brown began Stage 1 of the process to gradually resume research operations in laboratories and other campus facilities as part of what the University expects will be a gradual resumption of on-campus research activity.

With health and safety as its continued priority, the University remains in Stage 2 of resuming research and has provided guidelines to the campus community for safely reopening and operating in labs and other facilities. This process is continuing during the 2020-21 academic year, including as the State of Rhode Island adjusts its COVID-19 guidelines.

Additional information and resources on resuming research are available on the Research at Brown website.

Policies and Protocols

A set of principles and procedures is guiding the development, review and approval of plans to resume research operations in labs during a gradual return to laboratory-based research.

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Laboratories and Research Facilities

Safety within laboratories and research facilities will be rigorously maintained as additional facilities open on campus in 2020-21.

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Human Subjects Research

Plans to resume human subjects research that involves in-person procedures must align with all Brown policies, guidance from public health authorities and State of Rhode Island requirements.

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Last updated May 18, 2021. Information on this page may be updated as the University’s planning evolves and/or public health guidance prompts a shift in Brown’s operations and protocols.