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Risk Assessment and Reporting Requirements for Foreign Research Relationships


By David Schwartz
Published: July 14th, 2020

In just the past few weeks, more arrests of faculty from U.S. universities have been made for failure to disclose financial ties to the Chinese government, and more than a dozen major research institutions are under federal investigation.

The ongoing investigations and enforcement action come on the heels of last year’s NIH letter to grant-receiving institutions raising concerns of inappropriate influence by foreign entities. 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. 

It’s a problem that isn’t going away. That’s why Tech Transfer Central has created this distance learning collection dedicated to improving your assessment strategies and compliance with reporting requirements. Risk Assessment and Reporting Requirements for Foreign Research Relationships features two recorded programs in our digital package format — on-demand video and transcript — so you can view and share them with your entire staff on or off campus at your convenience.

The two programs are:

  • Navigating Foreign Relationships and Reporting Requirements in University Research, presented by: David Ivey, UT-Austin’s Export Control Officer and Export Compliance Counsel and providing a solid plan of action for both policy and real-world practice from a compliance veteran.
  • Mitigating Risks Associated with Foreign Research Collaborators, presented by: Wendy Epley, Principal, Wendy Epley Consulting. You’ll learn how to comply with the added security measures being required by federal agencies, identify red flags, and spot subtle clues of inappropriate foreign influence so your university can protect its research and its reputation.

Click here for complete program and faculty details or to order.

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