Information on UCLA research operations

UCLA Research Ramp-Up

Guidance & resources for the UCLA community about how to safely ramp up onsite research activity during COVID-19

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"I am excited to announce that UCLA will begin a gradual increase of research activities when we begin Phase 2 of our ramp-up plan next week, on June 8, 2020.” 

Roger Wakimoto
Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities


At this time, research activities may only resume with the approval of your department chair, chief or director and the approval of your school’s dean or dean’s designee. You must strictly adhere to the provisions detailed in your approved operational plan.

If you need to modify your plan to include additional personnel and/or locations, you must submit a new research operational plan, and that plan must be reapproved, before that work begins. This will enable us to communicate efficiently with individual investigators, for example about facilities issues, should circumstances require it.

  • UCLA Guidelines for Research Ramp-Up
  • Research Ramp-Up Guidelines (pp. 1-10)
    • Building Management:

      • Item #6 is modified as follows: Coordination with Facilities Management including Custodial Services, building security, campus mail services, and the UC Police Department, among other services under the Vice Chancellor for Administration and the Chief Financial Officer is critical to ensuring safer use of space as buildings are re-populated and densities increase. (updated as of June 17, 2020)

      • Item # 7 added. Signage for common areas and department use is being developed and coordinated through the Physical Distancing Working Group, under the Future Planning Taskforce. This signage is going through legal and strategic communications review. Departments should not produce their own COVID-19 related signage and should use signage provided. Questions on signage can be directed to the Working Group chair, Nurit Katz [email protected]. (updated as of June 17, 2020)

      • Item #8 added. Disinfection supplies for department use are being procured centrally via Facilities Management. Details on how to order can be found at: (updated as of June 17, 2020)

  • Laboratory Research
  • Clinical Trials and Human Subjects Research
  • Libraries, Archives, and Reading Rooms
  • Performance- and Studio-based Research
  • Field and Community-Based Research
    • Item #5 deleted. Updated IRB approval is not required. (updated as of June 17, 2020)
    • Item #2c is modified as follows: “Positive consent should be obtained in writing, either on paper or via email, from research participants and partners.” as required by the IRB. (updated as June 17, 2020)
  • Core Facilities

Questions related to your research activity and space should be directed to your department. 

Steps for Accessing YouR School/Division/Unit's Research Operational Plan

UCLA Campus Box Users

  1. Click Research Operational Plan
  2. Select "Continue" to log on to Box to access this link
  3. Sign In with your UCLA Logon ID
  4. Select appropriate school/division
  5. Complete the PowerForm Signer Information
  6. Select Begin Signing
  7. Complete your Research Operational Plan


UCLA Health Sciences Box Users

Option #1 (Recommended)
  1. First log on to UCLA Health Box at
  2. Then click on Research Operational Plan 
  3. Select appropriate school/division
  4. Complete the PowerForm Signer Information
  5. Select Begin Signing
  6. Complete your Research Operational Plan
Option #2
  1. Click Research Operational Plan
  2. Select ‘not part of University of California, Los Angeles’ on Box login page
  3. Enter mednet email address. You will be directed to the UCLA Health Box login page
  4. Select appropriate school/division
  5. Complete the PowerForm Signer Information
  6. Select Begin Signing
  7. Complete your Research Operational Plan



UCLA Requirements for COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring
Symptom Monitoring Privacy Policy (PDF)