As affirmed by Chancellor Andrew D. Martin and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Washington University deeply values its international collaborations through our research endeavors and our students and scholars from around the world. These global partnerships enrich our culture and are critical components to providing the highest quality education, research, and patient care.

In the website Disclosing International Collaborations, the  WU OVCR explains that issues surrounding foreign influence and international activities in federally funded research has been an evolving topic, in which the U.S. Government has shown increasing concern. These concerns include:

  • Diversion of intellectual property to foreign entities;
  • Disclosure of confidential grant application information by NIH peer reviewers to third parties;
  • Failure of researchers to disclose research resources and support provided by other organizations, including foreign entities.

This page provides you with significant news and resources related to foreign components in research, research security, and the disclosure of foreign support of U.S. research.

WU Resources

Disclosing International Collaborations – Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

NSF Current & Pending Support Guide – McKelvey Engineering Research Toolkit

NSF Biosketch Guide

NIH Biosketch Guide

Agency Resources

NIH Grants Policy – “Protecting U.S. Biomedical Intellectual Innovation”
Includes a table outlining forms and procedures by which to report foreign components in research (incl. Other Support, Biosketch, JIT, RPPR, and financial conflict of interest disclosure).

NSF FAQ on Current and Pending Support PAPPG (NSF 20-1)
(last update July 2020) – Clarification of expectations for reporting research support in the Current and Pending document. Includes new language about “in-kind support.”

Current & Pending and Facilities content requirements as of June 1, 2020
Biosketch content requirements as of June 1, 2020


Letter to the United States Research Community
(September 2019) Office of Science and Technology Director Kevin Droegemeier statement on federal research protection actions and inter-agency coordination.

NSF’s Dear Colleague Letter: Research Protection
(July 2019) NSF’s policy update on research security and concerns related to foreign influence in the U.S. research enterprise.

NIH NOT-OD-19-114 – Reminders of NIH Policies on Other Support and on Policies Related to Financial Conflicts of Interest and Foreign Components
(July 2019) Significant publication clarifying NIH’s position on the applicability of existing policies and forms that require the reporting of foreign components in NIH-funded research.

DOE Memo on Foreign Talent Programs
(June 2018) Directive mandating that “federal and contractor personnel fully disclose and, as necessary, terminate affiliations with foreign government-supported talent recruitment programs” on new DOE contracts and subcontracts.

How China’s Economic Aggression Threatens Technology 
(June 2018) White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy’s report that highlights perceived threat from Chinese economic espionage

NIH Director “Statement on Protecting the Integrity of U.S. Biomedical Research”
(August 23, 2018)