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Guidance for Ramping up Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities

Drexel is Currently in Phase 2

On March 18th, the University took the extreme measure of shutting down almost all of our on campus, field-based, and clinical research, scholarly, and creative activities (research). Then in late May, we published our Guidelines for Ramping Up Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities to safely ramp up research, scholarly and creative activities ("research") that cannot occur remotely. This research guidance is detailed in the below subpages. In our phased approach, we anticipated the ability to increase population density based on improving local conditions. Based on these guidelines, we transitioned from "Ramp Down" to "Ramp Up" Phase 1 on June 8. Since June 8, more than 100 Research Ramp Up Requests have been submitted, reviewed and approved resulting in approximately 900 researchers engaging in on-campus, field-based and clinic-based research, scholarly and creative activities. 

In light of our successful implementation of Research Ramp Up Phase 1 and a successful pilot of Phase 2, we are pleased to announce the transition from Research Ramp Up Phase 1 to Phase 2 beginning on September 2, 2020. 


The Office of Research & Innovation is committed to return to research while adhering to social distancing and public health best practices to optimize the safety of individuals and the community.

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The Office of Research & Innovation has outlined six guiding principles to ensure the return to research at Drexel University is safe, structured, and transparent.

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In order to return to increase research activities in a safe and flexible manner, the Office of Research & Innovation will implement a multi-phased approach for the resumption of research activities from our current research Ramp Down phase.

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The request for reactivation of research activity will be initiated by the investigator/faculty/scholar and will be based on minimizing risks using physical distancing and safe space utilization. The proposed process is a collaborative, investigator-driven approach.

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A guideline of personnel who are eligible to participate in the return to research.

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Drexel University will begin the return to research in a clear, phased approach. Each phase outlines different allowable processes and activities, resuming in gradual stages to ensure safety.

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The successful resumption of research activities will require collaborative decision-making but will primarily reside at the College/School level – where the detailed knowledge of the varied research activities resides. The Office of Research & Innovation has outlined a list of general recommendations for this process.

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PPE Purchasing Guidelines to ensure the adherence to all safety regulations during the return to research.

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Forms, templates, and guidelines related to the return to research.

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Please view our FAQ for more information about the Office of Research & Innovation's return to research.

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