Guidance Regarding Foreign Influence and Research

The United States Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to promoting and protecting U.S. research and innovation from the risk of illicit appropriation, influence and theft by foreign governments.  Various federal funding agencies—including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Defense (DoD), the National Aeronautical and Space Agency (NASA) — have issued notices and directives stating their commitment to safeguarding U.S. knowledge and intellectual property and reminding the U.S. research community of their disclosure obligations in regards to foreign entities and federally funded activities, including sponsored research.   We remind University researchers that you must disclose all current and pending support and affiliations, whether paid, unpaid, domestic or foreign, in your sponsored research proposals.  As further discussed below, this reporting obligation includes any funding you receive from any foreign government or entity, any courtesy or honorary appointments that you hold at other institutions and any participation that you have in any foreign talent recruitment programs.  University researchers are also reminded of your obligation to complete the University Outside Activities Report at least annually as set forth in the Conflict of Interest in Research policy # 2370.005.

Below is a summary of key agencies that fund research activities at FIU and their guidance related to foreign influence and your reporting obligations.  All documents discussed below are provided on this website.