Information for Researchers

Status: 11 June 2020

Return to Normal Research Operations with Safety Concept

Research activities are possible again in the buildings of UZH from 8 June 2020 if the guidelines issued by the FOPH on containing the spread of coronavirus, the UZH safety concept and the specific safety concept of the relevant research unit can be adhered to. Further provisions are specified below. 

1. Research on UZH premises

Research activities may be resumed if the FOPH guidelines on containing the spread of coronavirus as well as the UZH safety concept can be adhered to.
Safety Concept for the University of Zurich
The professors or group leaders responsible for the research project are in principle free to decide whether research projects can be conducted in their allocated research facilities. 

2. Access to UZH buildings
UZH employees may return to their workplace if they are familiar with and adhere to the specific safety concept applicable to their research unit.

3. Research conducted in Switzerland outside of UZH

The same regulations apply as for research on UZH premises.

4. Research conducted outside Switzerland

Business and research trips on behalf of UZH are possible if the necessary safety measures are respected and the trip is approved by the relevant dean or head of Central Services unit.
Approval form for work-related travel abroad (PDF, 86 KB)

5. Research involving human beings

Research involving humans should be conducted virtually where possible (e.g. surveys, interviews). Research that requires physical contact with subjects may only be carried out in strict accordance with the FOPH protective measures (rules on hygiene and distancing, as well as compulsory mask wearing in direct contact situations). Exceptions are possible in a clinical setting.

6. Research at the university hospitals

UZH research at university hospitals is subject to the same regulations as research on UZH premises. Hospital management boards may, however, prohibit certain research activities for reasons of human and animal welfare.

7. Resources from support organizations

Research that relies on resources from support organizations (such as technology and research platforms, LASC, laboratories, etc.) may only be started if the research project leader has obtained assurance from the relevant service units before resumption that the required services can be provided.

8. Operation of support organizations

Support organizations will provide researchers with their services as best they can and taking into account the work restrictions. There is no general right to the services provided by support organizations.

Additional Funding for UZH Junior Researchers

The Executive Board of the University decided on 19 May to introduce a hardship regulation in order to support young UZH researchers whose research has been significantly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic since the beginning of March. For affected researchers in junior academic positions that are financed by central UZH research funding (e.g. Research Fund, URPP) or by third-party funds (public research funding organizations, foundations, fellowships, etc.) and for which the third-party funding providers do not give additional contributions, a funding extension of a maximum of two months can be applied for from the Office of the Vice President Research, provided the hardship case criteria are met. Please refer to the following application form and the information sheet contained therein:
Application Form Hardship Cases and Information Sheet (DOCX, 67 KB)

Further information

  • Submitting applications: Applications can be submitted at the earliest four months before the end of an employment or funding period. It is therefore important that affected junior researchers and their supervisors document the pandemic-related limitations in detail, so that they can still provide evidence of these disruptions at the time of the application.
  • Extension of employment: Employment can be extended even beyond the maximum employment period of six or nine years applicable to junior academic positions according to the UZH employment ordinance. In this case, please contact your HR manager.