COVID-19 Campus Mitigation Plan / Research Operations

March 11, 2020

Dear Arizona Faculty and Staff,

Please forgive the series of emails this evening – there are many issues to address, as you can imagine.

We are writing to update you on campus plans to sustain our research activities through the COVID-19 mitigation activities.

Until further notice, normal research activities will continue with accommodations as needed for impacted human subjects-related work, laboratories and animal care. Please contact your Associate Dean for Research (ADR) to report specific impacts to your research program.

We are particularly concerned to provide suitable accommodations for all faculty and staff who may be at risk of serious illness from COVID-19 (see CDC guidance here).  If you feel the need to work remotely to stay safe, and this will necessitate interim supports to sustain your research work, please communicate swiftly with your direct supervisor to develop an appropriate plan.

Research Operations will coordinate with federal sponsors and ADR’s to communicate further guidance through the research gateway ( ), and through the University’s COVID-19 website (

RII is establishing a working group of university research experts in Coronavirus-related areas to plan for future proposal opportunities that will arise from this crisis. 

We deeply appreciate your creativity and flexibility as we adapt quickly to these rapidly changing circumstances.



Betsy Cantwell

Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation

Liesl Folks

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost