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Mitigating Risks Associated with Foreign Research Collaborators


By David Schwartz
Published: July 2nd, 2019

In light of recent security threats and allegations of IP theft, foreign research collaborators, industry partners, students, and even faculty have been placed in the crosshairs of international disputes that have sparked intense scrutiny among administrators and restrictive action by the U.S. government. Heightened concern about foreign scholars exploiting the research environment for their own or their nations’ benefit has caused government agencies — and in turn university leaders — to act strongly, and their actions have shaken the academic research community.

In light of these growing concerns, the National Institutes of Health last year distributed letters to more than 10,000 institutions that receive NIH grants, raising concerns of inappropriate influence by foreign entities — and more than 50 universities have now been asked to investigate specific threats. Several labs have fired researchers over failure to disclose foreign relationships and funding, and the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies are looking into potential security risks associated with foreign talent recruitment programs. 

This is an issue that’s not going away, and it’s why Tech Transfer Central, in partnership with export control and trade compliance expert Wendy Epley, President of Epley Consulting LLC, has scheduled this critically important webinar: Mitigating Risks Associated with Foreign Research Collaborators. Join us on July 25th when Ms. Epley will discuss how to comply with the added security measures being required by federal agencies, identify red flags and subtle clues of inappropriate foreign influence, and implement best practices for mitigating risks associated with foreign research collaborators. For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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