Prepare to Ramp Down by 5pm on Friday, March 20

March 18, 2020

Earlier today, Rebecca Cunningham, M.D., U-M Interim Vice President for Research, sent a message to the research community that announced the following:

"In an effort to protect the health and safety of the University of Michigan community amid the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, researchers across all three campuses should ramp down all noncritical research laboratory activities by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20. We will continue to assess the situation at regular intervals.

Faculty, staff and students must ramp down all on-campus laboratory research activities, with the exception of research related to COVID-19. The university will maintain minimal access to laboratories so that critical activities, including the maintenance of animals, unique reagents, and essential equipment and materials, along with research related to COVID-19, can continue. Research and scholarship (e.g., analyzing data, writing and reviewing manuscripts, preparing presentations, developing new grant proposals, convening online discussions with students and lab staff, etc.) that can occur remotely should continue."

Please visit the UMOR Research Operations web page to learn more details about Dr. Cunningham's announcement. Additionally, on that page under the tab labeled "Research Facilities/Laboratory Safety," you'll find downloadable links for:

These are very serious times, and the health and safety of our researchers and staff is of utmost importance. If you have questions, visit the Medical School Office of Research's COVID-19 webpage, or please don't hesitate to reach out to the Medical School Office of Research at