On-Site and Field-Based Research Activities

This guide advises principal investigators, deans and Research Office employees on their roles in on-site and field-based research activities at OSU in compliance with state and local health authority requirements.


Research, scholarship and innovation activities are vital to the mission of Oregon State University. Although much of this work at OSU is decentralized, the public health crisis required increased levels of collaboration and coordination. This has ensured the continuity and resilience of the OSU research enterprise in the face of these challenges.

The values outlined by the OSU Task Force for Research Continuity and Resilience have provided the foundation to re-engage the university’s research enterprise. For more information about the university’s resumption plans, see OSU’s Safety and Success planning site.

Note that it is the responsibility of principal investigators to ensure that all research activities adhere to standards outlined by:

If research involves human participants, regulated animals, work conducted while boating or diving, or travel, these additional considerations apply: