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Return to Research

Binghamton University will continue to enable research, scholarly and creative activities (RSCA) to resume in line with standards set by New York state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our Return to Research (R2R) subcommittees, in consultation with Environmental Health and Safety experts and the Public Health Advisory Group, created protocols and expectations that govern our return to RSCA. Here you'll find guidance documents as well as forms that must be completed before you return to campus spaces such as laboratories and studios or to off-site field work or when modifications are needed to approved research activities.
Our aim is to allow as many groups to resume these activities as possible while at the same time ensuring that people are able to access appropriate protective gear, significantly reduce density in our facilities and follow social distancing guidelines. These protocols apply to wet and dry labs, studios and multi-user facilities, and certain types of research with humans subjects. Those who apply to resume or modify RSCA should have an answer within five days of receipt of a complete and accurate application. These protocols will continue to evolve as new information becomes available and as new issues arise.
R2R Initial Application Forms (Please use only Adobe Acrobat, either the free reader or the Pro)

Application to Return to RSCA at Binghamton
• Application to Return to Research-Human Subjects
Start Up Suite at the Innovative Technologies Complex Application for Return to Research


Note: Effective 09/8/2020, the Return to Research process for research that involves human subjects has entered Phase II allowing for postdocs and graduate students to serve as PIs. Please see the Return to Research-Human Subjects application form above and the Human Subjects Guidance under Supplemental Materials for the necessary information to prepare and submit an application. Contact the IRB office at for guidance before preparing your application or any modification.

R2R Modification Forms

Do you wish to request a modification to a previously approved project? Use the following forms:

Note: For most research conducted in labs, the first step when you are completing these forms is to send to Environmental Health and Safety at Further details from EH&S are available online.
Additional approvals will be required. For research conducted in Science V, please contact Kim Kal-Downs at before submitting your R2R application or R2R modification. After all required signatures are in place, completed applications are to be submitted to
Note to Harpur Faculty: Once you have obtained EH&S and Chair signatures, please submit your R2R application or R2R modification documents using this form:



  • Bahgat Sammakia
    Vice President for Research
    P: (607) 777-4818
  • Kandy Tredo
    Assistant to the Vice President for Research
    P: (607) 777-4818
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Last Updated: 1/7/21