Research during COVID-19


NYU Shanghai is reopening our campus in phases, starting with the senior class and graduate students on April 27th. General questions regarding research during phased reopening can be directed to For questions about specific programs please refer to the list below.


Human Subjects Research, IRB and Office support Last updated on June 16, 2020

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Research Compliance Office (RCO) are currently prioritizing the review of amendments to active studies that are considering 1) returning from remote procedures to the original face-to-face protocol; 2) reopening halted studies, by conducting remote procedures only; and 3) reopening halted face-to-face studies, in the same in-person format under the current risk profiles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Please note: in-person research with human subjects may resume once an amendment describing additional steps to mitigate risks related to the pandemic has been submitted and approved by the IRB.

Please visit our website for the latest updates, including the temporary policy regarding reactivating your research with in-person research activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions, please contact us at


External Research Grants

The Research Grants Office is closely monitoring guidelines regarding COVID-19’s impact on sponsored projects, including the operations of sponsor agencies and the extension of proposal deadlines. For instance, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) has extended its deadlines for proposal submissions and close-out reports and implemented an online-only program application for the 2020 batch application period. General updates will be announced to the community and any program-specific updates will be brought to the attention of those affected.

For the most current, up-to-date funding information, you can visit our Research Grants Website, or subscribe to the funding announcement mailing list. Please direct any grant related questions to    


Animal Care and Use Program

Vivarium operation and animal care activities remain operational for essential and approved on-site research projects. For any questions regarding the Animal Care and Use Program, please direct your inquiry to


Research Partnerships

We have made the decision to cancel our regular Student Summer Research Experience Program, due to COVID-19 pandemic. We relaunched a special SUMMER 2020 research experience program for students from the NYU Global Network, who are currently in China.

We are continuously monitoring developments around COVID-19. Should there be any changes towards the NYU Shanghai/ECNU Joint Graduate Training program, we will adjust our operations to best meet the challenge.

Please contact for more information.


Joint Research Institutes

Joint Research Institutes and Centers will postpone all on-site academic events (conferences, seminar series etc.) until further notice. Our administrative team is working to explore alternative ways for organizing research programs. If you have any exciting research updates or you are working on any projects relevant to COVID-19, please reach out to us. We would love to hear from you! Any questions regarding institute related support and programs may be directed to


Operations at Zhongbei Campus

For Zhongbei Campus Geography Building operational support, please contact

For information on how to access facilities at ECNU Zhongbei Campus during COVID-19, please click here.

For information on JRI space use during Covid-19, please visit this page.