Transparency in Research: Federal Agency Disclosure Requirements
Updated September 2022
Federal agencies have established requirements and guidelines for investigators to disclose all forms of research funding, in-kind support of research, and detailed information about significant research collaborations related to federally funded projects. All forms of support must be reported, regardless of where it comes from or where the research is being performed. Federal sponsors are particularly interested in foreign collaborations on federally funded projects. Click on the agency-specific pages to review the requirements. Contact Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) with any questions.
The menu below contains links to various agency communications related to international collaboration/foreign components.
- NIH FAQs Regarding Other Support and Foreign Components (updated continuously)
- November 3, 2021: Request for NIH investigator foreign agreements
- August 2, 2021: NIH issues Additional Clarifications to Biosketch and Other Support Policies
- July 18, 2021: NIH issues new and updated FAQs - Other Support and Foreign Components
- NIH Grants Policy Statement: 16 Grants to Foreign Organizations, International Organizations, and Domestic Grants with Foreign Components
- April 28, 2021: Implementation of Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page (NOT-OD-21-110)
- March 12, 2021: Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page for Due Dates on or after May 25, 2021 (NOT-OD-21-073)
- July 16, 2020: NIH issued statement to follow principles aligned with those announced by the White House's Office, Science and Technology Policy in June 2020
- July 8, 2020: NIH Open Mike Blog: Addressing Foreign Interference and Associated Risks to the Integrity of Biomedical Research, and How You Can Help
- June 12, 2020: Advisory Committee to the NIH Director issued report on Foreign Influences on Research Integrity
- July 10, 2019: Reminders of NIH Policies on Other Support and on Policies related to Financial Conflicts of Interest and Foreign Components (NOT-OD-19-114)
- June 28, 2021: NSF issues new FAQs Regarding Current & Pending Support
- Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG).
- Protecting Research and Facilitating Collaboration describes how to safeguard research in collaborations.
- Dear Colleagues memo details NSF efforts to protect research from foreign threats.
- DoD memo issued on March 20, 2019, outlines disclosure requirements for all key personnel listed on DoD-funded financial assistance agreements.
- DoD memorandum for immediate prohibition on Procurement of Foreign-Made Unmanned Aircraft Systems
DoE employees and contract workers are prohibited from participating in foreign government talent recruitment programs of countries designated by DoE as a foreign country of risk.
"Although Co-Is or collaborators employed by non-U.S. organizations may be identified as part of a proposal submitted by a U.S. organization, NASA funding may not support research efforts by non-U.S. organizations, collaborators or subcontracts at any level, including travel by foreign investigators. The direct purchase of supplies and/or services, which do not constitute research, from non-U.S. sources by U.S. award recipients is permitted."
NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science FAQs
In 1976, Congress established the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to provide the President and others within the Executive Office of the President with advice on the scientific, engineering, and technological aspects of the economy, national security, homeland security, health, foreign relations, and the environment
Association of American Universities measures to ensure compliance with rules relating to export controls, dual use research, and classified information
Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities and Association of American Universities report addressing Concerns about Security Threats and Undue Foreign Government Influence on Campus
Department of Education announcement of New Reporting Portal June 22, 2020, that institutions will use to discharge their statutory obligations
Department of Health and Human Services Review of Institutions of Higher Education Grantees Receiving National Institutes of Health Awards
Government Accountability Office Report to the Chairman, Committee on Finance, U.S. Senate, "FEDERAL RESEARCH: Agencies Need to Enhance Policies to Address Foreign Influence" (December 2020)
Office of Inspector General report on need for NIH to improve its stewardship and accountability over Hardware and Software Assets
Joint Committee on the Research Environment of the National Science & Technology Council Recommended Practices for Strengthening the Security and Integrity of America's Science and Technology Research Enterprise
White House Executive Order prohibiting the entry of certain nationals of the PRC seeking to enter the United States pursuant to an F or J visa to study or conduct research in the United States determined to be detrimental to the interests of the United States
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