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Phased Return to Research

VCU research is in Phase III.

portrait of young woman scientist in lab wearing protective gloves, glasses and mask with and dropping liquid from pipette into test tubeFollowing the guidelines of the universitywide reopen plan, ONE VCU: Responsible Together, the VCU phased Return to Research will occur in a purposeful, responsible and deliberate manner.

Under VCU’s phased return to research, beginning with the lifting of the governor’s orders:

  • All research that is possible to be done remotely should continue remotely, including all seminars, group meetings, etc.  
  • On-campus research activities are now in Phase III (based on OVPRI determination) with a maximum of 50% to 85% capacity. Phase IV, when implemented, will have 100% capacity with physical distancing. Shift work can maintain capacity percentages while allowing more researchers to work.

Please review the materials posted below, including VP Srirama Rao’s email to members of the VCU research enterprise on the phased return to research.

Contact us

Human subject research activities

For IRB approval/submission, contact HRPP:
(804) 828-0868

VCU IRB coordinators
(assigned in RAMS-IRB)

For clinical research:
Lisa Ballance
Executive director for clinical research and compliance

Animal care and research activities

(804) 828-6587
Urgent animal welfare issues: Immediately contact an on-call staff veterinarian at
(804) 840-5085.

Core facilities

Paul Fawcett, Ph.D.
Director of research infrastructure

Sponsored programs

Contact your regular team partner:
(804) 828-6772

Export compliance

Quinton Johnson
Director of export compliance

Compliance issues

Susan Robb
Senior associate vice president for research compliance


OVPRI phased return to research guidance