The University of Arizona

Foreign Influence in Research

Several federal agencies have started to issue information and guidance concerning undue foreign influence on federally funded research.  In particular, agency communications have centered around the following issues: 

  • Disclosure of research support
  • Diversion of intellectual property 
  • Sharing of confidental information by application peer reviewers 
  • Participation in foreign talent recruitment programs 

This issue continues to evolve.  Related faculty responsibilities under University of Arizona policies and sponsor regulations are outlined below, and will be updated as additional information becomes available. 

UA Guidance 

September Administrator Forum recording(select NetID from the drop-down to login)   Powerpoint Slides

 Disclosing Foreign Support, Interests, Collaboration 

  • REPORT all research support, including foreign support, in accordance with sponsor requirements at the proposal stage, and in progress reports. 

NIH Grants Policy Statement Section 2.5.1 

NSF Proposal, Award, Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (current & pending support requirements, 2019 version) 

Proposed changes to PAPPG  (Effective date TBD. NSF received so much feedback that they need more time to evaluate.)  

See DOD memo linked below for requirements on Notices of Funding Opportunities dated fter April 19, 2019. 

NIH Grants Policy Statement Section 8.1.2 

NSF PAPPG Foreign Organizations

Export Controls 

International Travel 

Visiting Scholars 

Materials, data, and confidential information 

  • If materials, data, and/or confidential information will be shared between the UA and another organization, a material transfer agreement (MTA), data use agreement (DUA), or confidentiality agreement may be necessary.  For Incoming MTAs, confidentiality agrements, and data use agreements, contact Sponsored Projects & Contracting Services or UAHS Contracting.  For outgoing MTAs, contact Tech Launch Arizona.  For questions about data use agreements, contact the HIPAA Privacy Officer for guidance. 

Intellectual Property

Other Relevant Policies/Procedures


Agency-Specific Information 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) 

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Department of Defense (DOD) 

 Department of Energy (DOE)