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Mitigating Risks Associated with Foreign Research Collaborators

Format: On-Demand Video/Transcript, or DVD
Originally presented: Thursday, July 25, 2019

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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.

Headlines are filled with allegations and geopolitical sparring over trade as well as IP, with research managers and leaders now caught up in matters that go far beyond their labs to the highest reaches of government

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

Ms. Epley will discuss how universities can comply with the added security measures being required by federal agencies, identify red flags and subtle clues of inappropriate foreign influence so universities can protect their research, and offer best practices in mitigating risks associated with foreign research collaborators.   

Ms. Epley will also discuss:

  • What is “Foreign Influence” and who are foreign collaborators?
  • History behind the recently identified risks and actions including the NIH letter and related investigations, DOE Memo, HR 3038, and others
  • How to identify areas of concern related to foreign research collaborators and spot red flags
  • Policy and compliance measures to enact now to mitigate risk
  • Understanding the areas where Foreign Influence can occur
  • Best practices in mitigating risks related to foreign research collaborations

Meet Your Presenter:

Wendy EpleyWendy Epley
Epley Consulting

Wendy Epley’s 30-year career includes work with many industry leaders including Honeywell, Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals, Arthur Andersen LLP, and Caterpillar.  She has worked in the field of Regulatory Trade Compliance since 2008 and helped universities such as the University of Miami and New York University establish and manage their export compliance programs.  Wendy is certified from the Export Compliance Training Institute as an Export Compliance Professional (ECoP®) in both the Export Administration Regulations and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  Wendy serves on the Program Advisory Committee for the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program as the subject matter expert for the Export Compliance series.  As an active member of the Association of University Export Control Officers (AUECO), Wendy has presented on numerous topics at the Impact of Export Controls and Higher Education and Scientific Institutions conferences since 2013 and currently serves on the AUECO Executive Board.  As a member of several organizations such as the Society for International Affairs (SIA), the Organization for Women in International Trade (OWIT), and The Association of Trade Compliance Professionals (ATCP), Wendy is focused on helping others understand and navigate through the nuanced area of regulatory trade compliance.  Wendy can be reached at:

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