Update on the UCI Research Enterprise Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing today to provide an update on the campus research enterprise. As you know, since March 21, 2020, we have restricted campus research to only approved critical research projects. I would like to express my deep appreciation and gratitude to the campus research community for the cooperation and sacrifice in response to the message dated March 17, 2020 calling for ramp-down and curtailment of non-critical research on-campus. Your commitment to the health and safety of the UCI and surrounding community has been immensely helpful.

As you may have seen, Governor Newsom has outlined plans for relaxing Stay-at-Home orders. In anticipation of such relaxation and reopening, I have spent the last few weeks working with the University of California Council of Vice Chancellors for Research, leaders of schools and research centers, Academic Senate Council for Research, Computing and Libraries, and campus leadership on planning for the  restart of research activities on-campus. We have made very good progress during this time and we anticipate being ready to restart, in a phased manner, on-campus research in the near future.

Since the precise dates for the restart are still to be decided, please continue to adhere to the current restrictions and conduct only the approved critical research work. I hope to be able to communicate with you soon on the research restart.

Thank you again for your cooperation, and please stay well.

Sincerely,

Pramod Khargonekar, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Research
Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science