COVID-19 Research

The Office of Research Excellence (ORE) has compiled COVID-19 content specific to the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (GWSPH) on this page.

The Office of Sponsored Projects maintains its own website dedicated to this subject, which includes a number useful resources for research staff and faculty including funding opportunities, up to date sponsor guidance, and internal resources.

Questions: [email protected]


Research Memoranda & Meetings


The following are memoranda released by the Senior Associate Dean for Research Dr. Adnan Hyder in response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic:

Link: Memorandum 6 - 17 September 2020


An archive of electronic Town Hall (e-Hall) meeting materials about research and COVID-19:

GWSPH Plans for Reopening Research

Link: e-Hall Recording - 01 July 2020

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Research Reopening Guidelines for GWSPH

The Research Reopening Guidelines for GWSPH is a document compiled by the ORE with the help of numerous faculty contributors. The guide contains protocols for restarting research projects with specific focus on our school. The contents are designed to help principal investigators come up with individualized plans for their own research. It should provide a valuable resource as the university progresses through the various phases of reopening.

This document is currently a draft version, and we are open to suggestions and feedback. Please contact [email protected].

Link: DRAFT Research Reopening Guidelines for GWSPH - 30 June 2020​

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Approvals for Research Initiation/Restart

In accordance with the Office of Human Research (OHR) guidance released 26 June 2020, all schools are now responsible for reviewing new research and restart/reopen requests for existing projects and laboratories. GWSPH has a protocol in place that includes a detailed breakdown of nine elements that must be included in a restart plan (if applicable) and includes a fillable template. One request must be completed for every research project or laboratory.

As our understanding of COVID-19 and the university's efforts to reopen continue to evolve, this approval process may also change. Please check back periodically for updates and email any feedback to [email protected].

Research Initiation/Restart Approval Process:

  1. Review instructions and complete a Template for Research Initiation/Restart
  2. For questions, contact [email protected] for clarification
  3. Submit the completed request to the department chair for approval and signature
  4. Email the signed request to [email protected]
  5. Requests will be reviewed and a determination will be returned to the Principal Investigator

Link: Template for Research Initiation/Restart - 28 August 2020

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The following links are for university resources related to COVID-19:

Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) - Impacts of COVID-19 on Research Activities

Campus Advisory - COVID-19 UPDATE: Reopen Phase 2-GW Employee Guidelines; COVID-19 Travel Information

GW Office of Human Research (OHR) - Impacts of COVID-19 on Human Subjects ResearchResuming Human Subjects Research: Phase 1; Promptly Reportable Information Form (PRIF)

Milken Institute School of Public Health (GWSPH) - Instructional Continuity Guidance

US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website

World Health Organization (WHO) - Travel Advice

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