Foreign Collaborations and Support

The FBI, federal lawmakers, and sponsoring agencies have raised concerns regarding undue foreign influence on federally funded research. As a result, there are several actions that faculty need to take to ensure that all required disclosures are made and avoid exposing their projects, themselves, and the University to risk.

What do I need to do?

  • Disclose All Sources of Support: All current and pending support of your research endeavors, whether this effort is though Cornell, through an outside entity, or a personal venture, must be disclosed to external research sponsors as required by their guidelines and regulations. This includes both foreign and domestic sources of support. See Disclosing International Partnerships to Cornell and External Sponsors. Researchers who hold support that is not managed by Cornell cannot rely solely on research administrators to complete their current and pending support reports. Research administrators will not have access to this information through Cornell systems.
  • Disclose All Appointments and Affiliations: All academic professional, or institutional appointments held by investigators must be disclosed in applications for external funding. This includes those that are domestic or foreign, paid or unpaid, or full/part-time/voluntary (including adjunct, visiting or honorary). See Disclosing International Partnerships to Cornell and External Sponsors.
  • Disclosure of Consulting Activity: All time spent working for or consulting with foreign entities or institutions must be reported to the university in your Financial Conflict of Interest disclosure regardless of whether such activity is conducted in your professional or personal capacity, and whether such effort is paid or unpaid. See Disclosing International Partnerships to Cornell and External Sponsors. If this activity is in support of and/or related to your research efforts, it must also be disclosed under your current and pending support in your proposals to federal agencies.
  • Foreign Collaborations in Sponsored Projects: Collaboration with a foreign entity (e.g. subawards, consultants, funded or unfunded collaborations with investigators located at a foreign site, etc.) in a project must be disclosed in funding applications and project reports. Additionally, adding a foreign collaboration to an existing award may require prior approval form the sponsor. See Disclosing International Partnerships to Cornell and External Sponsors.
  • Foreign Travel: Observe the appropriate security precautions when traveling. Register your travel in the Cornell travel registry and follow the international travel guidelines from Cornell’s CIT. See Travel and International Activities and Export Controls and International Travel.
  • Negotiating Unfunded Research Collaborations with Foreign Entities: All unfunded collaboration agreements must be vetted by Cornell Navigate and include standard language to protect academic freedom, intellectual property, and non-discrimination. See Institutional Collaborations, Projects & Activities.
  • Screen and Monitor Visitors: Working with foreign collaborators on Cornell University grounds is often vital and productive to the research enterprise. If you are bringing a visitor to campus, whether a fellow scientist, student, or funder, make sure that you have properly vetted them and provide adequate supervision. See Export Controls in Research and Education – Visiting Scholars.

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