UW Research


Recruiting team members for a research project with an international component should begin as far in advance of the start of the project as is feasible. There are two types of individuals to be considered – those that will contribute to the project in a foreign location and those based in the U.S. working on a project with an international component. Of those who will work in a foreign location, some will travel to the location and some will reside or otherwise be permanently based there. Plans should be made to ensure that all team members are prepared to engage in the research at the appropriate time.


  • It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator (PI) to determine the composition of the project team.
  • It is the PI’s responsibility to monitor each member’s ability to participate in the research as proposed.
  • Department, school, and central research administrators may assist the PI in facilitating arrangements needed for team members, including visa considerations, communications, export control regulations, and foreign legal requirements.


  • Confirm that all visas required for travel and/or work will be secured. This may include work visas for foreign citizens who will need to work in the U.S. as well as travel visas for individuals traveling between the U.S. and foreign locations and between foreign locations.
  • Establish communication plans, including translation where necessary and electronic or other modes of communication among team members during the project.
  • Find out what local (foreign) laws or customs may affect a team members’ performance on the project.
  • Determine whether or not any aspect of the proposed research may be subject to Export Control regulation due to the nationality and participation of a team member.