Dear colleagues,

Welcome back from the winter break.

The OVPRI is closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 infections in our area. We remain in Phase 3 of the Return to Research Plan for VCU research activities. I urge all of you to remain vigilant and attentive to health and safety guidance, especially as it pertains to the research setting. Please share this link with your staff as appropriate.

Our situation and required action regarding the coronavirus could change quickly. It may be necessary, on short notice, to revert to a prior phase or respond to changes in Gov. Northam’s COVID-19 restrictions. The OVPRI will provide updates as they become available.

Our success in safely conducting research during the fall semester was largely due to the tremendous effort put forth by our faculty, postdocs, students and staff members. We experienced little transmission in our research settings. I trust that you will continue your diligence in following the university’s safety guidelines while continuing your important work.


P. Srirama Rao, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Innovation