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COVID-19 Research Continuity Guidelines and Resources

This site provides guidelines for conducting safe, cautious, and phased USC research activities during COVID-19. For daily updated information about COVID-19 at USC, please look at the COVID-19 Dashboard first.

Current Phase: 2 at up to 50% capacity (learn more).  However, given unprecedented levels of COVID-19 infections in LA County, researchers are urged to only go to campus if absolutely necessary.

All researchers should follow these guidelines in addition to the rest of the information given on this site:

  • Minimize all in-person activity and transition to remote methods wherever possible.
  • All faculty, staff, and students going to campus must get weekly COVID-19 tests through the process described at Pop 3.0 Testing Hours and Locations; scheduling is done through this secure portal:
  • Any faculty, staff, or student with any symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should refrain from coming to campus and should promptly contact USC Student Health for testing.
  • Any faculty, staff, or student who has traveled outside of Southern California cannot come to campus until after completing the required quarantine for 10 days upon return according to LA County’s “Safer at Home” mandatory directive on travel.
  • PIs and research administrators should review all COVID-19 safety measures with their groups to ensure compliance with all the measures on this site.

Please contact us at with any research-related questions. Thank you for doing your best to keep the community safe.

General Research Guidance

Guidelines, campus access, visitors, physical distancing, PPE, reporting non-compliance, travel and contact information.

Clinical Research Guidance

Human subject research conducted at USC facilities.

Experimental Lab‐Based Research Guidance

Lab‐based research across USC campuses defined by shared spaces, equipment, and other infrastructure.

Social Science & Humanities Research Guidance

Research conducted with archives and libraries or in community settings with human subjects.

Computing & Data Science Research Guidance

Research involving computers and research occurring in computational laboratories.

Community / Field Research Guidance

Research in the field and at community research sites.

Human Subjects Research Guidance

Research that includes direct in-person interaction with participants.

COVID-19 Research at USC

COVID-19 projects from USC faculty and scientists.

COVID-19 Agency Guidelines

Institutional and agency responses to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Funding Opportunites

Federal, non-federal and internal funding opportunities.

COVID-19 Research Resources

Human data studies, datasets, computing resources, USC core facilities, and PPE.

Research Events

Upcoming webinars, expert-led discussions and online events.