Approval required for critical research and lab operations

Apr. 3, 2020

This message was sent on behalf of Research & Innovation to subscribers of the University's ResearchNotes group email list.

The campus-wide message from President Johnson this afternoon discussed further directives from Governor Sisolak and NSHE Chancellor Reilly regarding the extension of alternative, remote-work operations until April 30, 2020, and the imperative to follow the “Stay at Home” order for Nevada. Only in special circumstances is work being allowed on campus.

Other than operations deemed to be critical in nature, all on-campus research and laboratory operations should be suspended to the greatest extent possible or shifted to alternative, remote operations. Our message of April 1, 2020, provided further guidance on what may be considered critical research and lab operations.

In support of this imperative, we are implementing a process through which critical lab and research operations may be identified and to seek express approval of the Dean, Vice President for Research and Innovation and the President. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, April 7, at 5 p.m.

Please use the online Request for Research Continuity to submit for this review. The submitted form will be automatically routed to the department chair, followed by the dean, VPRI and President.

Thank you for your support of this effort and process, and for your understanding as we adjust our operations in response to this dynamic situation. I extend my continued appreciation to each of you for the extraordinary dedication, responsiveness and productivity being demonstrated across our campus and research enterprise.

Research & Innovation (R&I) services, of course, have moved to alternative, remote operations as of March 18, 2020, except for critical, on-campus functions supporting safety and animal care. Please continue to contact these services as questions or needs arise.


Mridul Gautam
Vice President for Research and Innovation
Ross Hall, Room 201
(775) 327-2363