Phase 1, 2 and 3 - Pathways to Research Reactivation

This webpage directs researchers to procedures designed to expedite research reactivation while continuing to prioritize the health and safety of the Yale and New Haven communities and all others with whom we interact in research contexts around the world.

If your research is on campus and does not involve field work or in-person human subjects work, please refer to Phase-2 and 3 Research Reactivation for information on how to reactivate your research program.

If your research is off campus, involves field work or in-person human subjects work, please use this webpage for guidance on the steps you should take in Phase 2 and 3 of Yale’s research reactivation. Note that during Phase 3 of research reactivation, overall permissions and restrictions for research remain the same as those in Phase 2. Therefore, applications for research reactivation will continue to be submitted as either Phase 1 or Phase 2 applications in EHS Integrator. Researchers conducting remote research that involves no travel or in person contact with research subjects do not need to apply for additional review. 

In some cases, the research you plan to conduct during Phase 2 and 3 may need additional COVID-19 safety review by Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) or one of the faculty committees established specifically for this purpose. In other cases, your return to campus research plans may not need additional review, but you will be asked to follow specially developed best practices guidelines.

Please follow the steps outlined below or click directly on the flowchart, which takes you to the respective registration links on EHS Integrator. (Note that VPN is required to access and use EHS Integrator. For a general overview and directions on using EHS Integrator, including directions on how to add/remove individuals from an existing registration, see instructions here.)

Research Flow Chart

Step 1. Determine if your research is exempt from additional review

  • If your research involves in-person contact with human subjects and meets one or more of the following conditions, you must submit an application on EHS Integrator (see instructions in Step 2 below):
    • Research covered by an IRB protocol
    • Research that employs trainees, employees, contractors, or others conducting research on your behalf
    • Research that involves teams of people working in physical proximity
    • Research that involves use of lab space.
  • If you are a single researcher who will have minimal interaction with others, such as working in library or archive reading rooms which are practicing social distancing with PPE, or in outdoor settings such as forests or mountains that are easily conducive to social distancing, take a self-assessment to help determine if you fall into the exempt status. If you are exempt, you do not need to submit an application to EHS Integrator. Instead, review the list of best practices provided here.
  • If you are a researcher conducting remote research that does not involve travel or in person contact with research subjects, you do not need to apply for additional review.

Step 2. If your research is not exempt, determine how to route your application for approval

  • If your planned research is on any of Yale’s campuses and involves human subjects, follow the instructions provided by the  Human Subjects Research Review Committee.
  • If your planned research is off campus and involves medical procedures, biological samples, or requires physical contact with research subjects, follow the instructions provided by the Human Subjects Research Review Committee.
  •  If your planned research is off campus and involves interviews, observation, surveys, field experiments, or other research that does not include physical contact with human subjects, follow the instructions provided by the Off-Campus Research and Fieldwork Committee
  •  If your planned research is off campus and does not involve human subjects, follow the instructions provided by the Off-Campus Research and Fieldwork Committee.
  •  If you are unsure about which committee should review your application, select the option that you think best fits your primary research plans. The committees will communicate to ensure that appropriate expertise is applied to your application.