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ISU Research Rebounds

Visit these linked pages for more information on the ISU Roaring Back: University Rebound Plan and the Research Plan.

As ISU rebounds from COVID-19 restrictions the Office for Research will continue operations and be available in whatever way we can to facilitate research at ISU.  

The Human Subjects Committee, Radiation Safety Committee, IACUC, and Institutional Biosafety Committee will continue to review protocols and be available to answer questions. Contact Deb Easterly ( for all compliance issues. Visit the Committee pages for links to forms and specific updates.

Proposals will be submitted as usual.  Please contact Dave Harris ( and his staff as soon as possible when you anticipate submitting a proposal or if you have questions.

Grants and Contracts accounting will also remain available to help you - contact Lisa Wood ( with any questions.

A resource:  Laboratory Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning Course (CDC)

Learn guidance and tools necessary for the development of laboratory continuity plans through this CDC training.

Agency & COGR Guidance

Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)

Council on Governmental Relations (COGR)


Research Checklist

  1. Identify emergency personnel and ensure they know what to do in the event of suspended operations. Have a continuity of operations plan*
  2. Remind lab personnel of your communication plan or create one if not in place
  3. Identify priorities in case of restricted access
  4. Ensure remote access to files, data, servers, etc.
  5. Prioritize experiments
  6. Plan for remote proposal submission
  7. Check travel restrictions before making travel plans.
  8. Follow social distancing of 6 feet. You may need to re-arrange your lab layout and lab work schedule to accommodate this.
  9. Practice extra cleaning procedures. Clean all touch-points regularly.
  10. Wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment. If you are not able to secure the PPE you need, reconsider performing research in the lab.

*Some information to include in a laboratory continuity of operations plan:

  • Names of those working in the lab and contact information
  • Critical functions of the operation of the lab
  • Essential operations/research, etc.
    • What is to be maintained/sustained no matter what.
    • Location and what is needed to sustain (electricity, water, regular feeding, etc.)

We are all aware of the shortage of Personal Protective Gear (masks, gloves). Remember, even in a time of crisis, you must use proper PPE in your lab.