COVID19 & Research Activities

OVCR Research-Related Updates Regarding COVID19 Emergency and Research Activities

Information for Research during COVID19

Updated: March 31, 2021

Illinois and Chicago are in Phase 4 of Restore Illinois/Protecting Chicago.  Current advisory recommendations made by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health to reduce COVID19 transmission are in effect.  Current guidelines and information will be updated as needed.

Human subjects research Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 3/31/2021)

Research and COVID19

Research protocols that can be conducted without face-to-face contact are encouraged to continue to use IRB-approved alternate procedures.  Protocols that are open and involve face-to-face contact are reminded to use masks, maintain six foot distance whenever possible, and use handwashing/sanitizer.  All protocols that include face-to-face contact with subjects requires Human Subjects COVID19 Review.  Applications to open or re-open IRB approved protocols should be submitted to OVCR through: (UIC login is required). Please contact if you have any questions about these requirements.

COVID19 Vaccines are available for all people >age 16 who work or live in Illinois (effective April 12, 2021)

All UIC faculty, staff and students are encouraged to be vaccinated.  Researchers with human subjects or COVID19 patient materials contact are a priority group for COVID19 vaccines. Please visit  or for more information about scheduling vaccines.