Coronavirus Response Information for the Research Community

This page was created to provide information of specific interest to the Georgia Tech research community. As the situation is rapidly evolving, this page is being updated frequently to reflect the latest institutional guidance for researchers.


Frequently Asked Questions Describe Planning Underway for Ramp-Up of the Research Enterprise

President Ángel Cabrera has appointed a task force to guide and oversee planning for the eventual resumption of Institute operations. No timetable yet exists for reopening facilities and laboratories and returning to in-person instruction. The recovery task force will begin by modeling different possible scenarios and will coordinate the actions of different units within federal, state, and University System of Georgia guidelines. A RESEARCH RAMP-UP PAGE has been established for frequently asked questions concerning the ramp-up of Georgia Tech's research enterprise. - April 29, 2020

Watch the Town Hall Meeting Held for the Research Community on April 22

On April 22, Georgia Tech hosted a town hall meeting focused on issues affecting the research community. Panelists for the meeting included: 

  • Chaouki Abdallah, Executive Vice President for Research 
  • Rafael Bras, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • James Hudgens, Senior Vice President and Director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Rob Butera, Vice President for Research Development and Operations
  • Chris Jones, Professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and head of the Research Ramp-up Task Force

The meeting began with introductory remarks from Dr. Abdallah, followed by questions submitted by attendees. To see the complete meeting, which is about an hour in length, please follow this link:

Research Ramp Down Plan
  • In accordance with Georgia Tech's Research Ramp Down Plan currently in place as of March 19, all on-campus research laboratories should be restricted to only essential activities.
  • All labs seeking exception should have current plans in place with the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR). Please contact Rob Butera in the EVPR office if those circumstances change.
Research Continuity Plan

In accordance with Georgia Tech's Research Continuity Plan, at this time it is expected that all researchers will adjust lab operations in response to Institute guidance about work arrangements. These adjustments should be covered in your research continuity plan. However, should you anticipate a need for extreme variation from Georgia Tech policies or practices and need permission from the Institute to implement your plans, please start with Gail Spatt in the EVPR office who will help you to navigate the necessary sign-offs. - March 16, 2020

Georgia Tech's Research Continuity Plan provides broad guidance on potential impacts on the research mission, and details critical actions for research personnel, principal investigators, and staff, as well as preparations for lab space, equipment, and tools. (Download or Read PDF) - March 16, 2020

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