As the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continues to change rapidly, here is information that the Harvard University research community may find helpful.
We realize that the COVID-19 outbreak may cause hardship to research, however it is also important to weigh the possible harms to subjects, taking all issues into account.
Current Status on Research at Harvard University
The resumption of in-person research will occur in phases with timing based on governmental policies and the state of the disease, the health care system, and society at large. The principal investigator (PI) of a research program/study will be required to craft a plan outlining the COVID-19 precautions that will be undertaken for their research. The researcher’s plans will be subject to School/Departmental review and approval. No in-person research can begin until a researcher’s plan receives School/Departmental approval.
Instructions on how to get approval for in-person research from your School/Department may be found here - https://cuhs.harvard.edu/instructions-returning-person-human-subjects-research?admin_panel=1 You will also find on this site an outlined process, guidance, templates, and standard operating procedure examples to assist researchers and their Schools/Departments to get in-person human subjects research up and running.
Not certain how the resumption of in-person research may affect your study? Check out the Resumption of Research Study Decision Aid found in the column on the right →