Principal Investigators who wish to carry out research are required to complete a set of materials describing the steps and precautions taken with regard to the pandemic. These forms will then be reviewed by EGAP to decide whether the research meets the established precautionary standards.
Please see the complete process for initiation / resumption of research activities during the COVID-19 pandemic along with the required application forms below.
Note: These documents were developed using resources available from the University of Chicago; Ryerson University; the University of California, Berkeley; Innovations for Poverty Action; J-PAL; the World Bank; and others.
All Principal Investigators seeking to begin or continue research activities funded by EGAP during the COVID-19 pandemic are required to follow the below process for gaining research activity approval. This includes fully remote activities (e.g., online surveys, phone surveys) associated with research as well as in-person field activities. In-person field research activities include activities associated with either research interventions or data collection, including, but not limited to, in-person meetings, face-to-face surveys, group discussions, or other activities that would have two or more individuals from distinct households interacting in person.
Research Activities that Involve Field-Related, Travel-Related, or In-Person Activities
If your research activities involve any field-related, travel-related, or in-person activities, EGAP requires the following review process:
Conduct an initial assessment by reviewing theIPA Dashboard, theCDC Dashboard, and theWHO Dashboard to learn about risk levels and country government restrictions. Field research activities would be permitted only if a compelling case could be made that they would not contravene local restrictions and that they would not introduce risks beyond those that prevail for activities that are commonly undertaken in the population in question.
Submit the application and checklist to EGAP at email@example.com (Note that both the application and checklist may be useful for home institution permissions and IRB applications.)
EGAP will review materials. Possible outcomes include:
Conditional approval, with the requirement of steps 6-9 below
Application is rejected, resubmission is required to move forward with research
Seek home institution approval, as per the requirements of all principal investigators’ home institutions, where applicable
Seek IRB approval for initiation or resumption of field research from all principal investigators’ home institutions, where applicable
Submit home institution and IRB approvals to EGAP
Provide bi-weekly (every other week) email updates about research activities that includes any changes to COVID-related issues in the study country and globally; confirms that the Project Launch Checklist is being respected; and explains any other issues that have arisen
Research Activities that DO NOT Involve Field-Related, Travel-Related, or In-Person Activities
If your research activities DO NOT involve any field-related, travel-related, or in-person activities, EGAP requires the following review process to confirm that there are no COVID-related risks associated with your research: