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July 1, 2019

Update: Foreign Influence on Research

Update on Foreign Influence

The Office of Research will continue to provide regular guidance and resources including requirements for disclosure of all foreign collaborations. In conjunction with the Faculty Council on Research and the Research Advisory Board, Mary Lidstrom, the Vice Provost for Research, will be looking at how the UW and our peers define collaboration and how we can adapt research policy to this new understanding.

Stay Informed

  • Visit our new webpage, “Foreign Interests in Sponsored Programs.” This page is a great resource to check often for UW and sponsor guidance. It includes information on disclosing “Other Support,” and guidance on Foreign Talent Programs from the DOE and DOD.
  • See the Research home page for announcements.

Sponsor Guidance Update

Effective June 7, 2019, DOE does not allow participation in foreign talent programs by its employees as well as contractor personnel. DOE defines such programs as, “any foreign-state-sponsored attempt to acquire US scientific-funded research or technology through foreign government-run or funded recruitment programs that target scientists, engineers, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs of all nationalities working or educated in the United States.”

For the UW, this may apply to those receiving DOE contract funding and does apply to those with joint appointments at national laboratories. While the policy does not specify grant recipients or individuals funded under cooperative agreements at this time, we can anticipate further policy development later this year.

  • DOE will also be maintaining a list of foreign talent programs that fall under this ban.
  • DOE current requirements and guidance on this ban.

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