ANNOUNCEMENT 11 Jul 2019

This policy appears to be related to a rising level of administration concern over “undue foreign influence” in research.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

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  • 0 harmful
  • 1 neutral
  • 0 liberalising
Inception date: 11 Jul 2019 | Removal date: open ended

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On July 11, 2019 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) posted a statement “Clarifying Long-Standing NIH Policies on Disclosing Other Support,” together with other documents, that have the effect of increasing the reporting burdens for universities, medical centers, or other research facilities that may seek to engage in joint research with foreign entities. To the extent that organizations receiving NIH research funding may now be required to make disclosures of foreign participation that had not previously been required, this may have the effect of discouraging such ties. NIH will inter alia require full disclosure of any “foreign financial support, research or laboratory personnel, lab space, scientific materials, selection to a foreign ‘talents’ or similar-type program.”

In an associated document entitled “Reminders of NIH Policies on Other Support and on Policies related to Financial Conflicts of Interest and Foreign Components” the agency stated that —

NIH requires recipients to determine whether activities it supports include a foreign component, defined as: The existence of any “significant scientific element or segment of a project” outside of the United States, in other words

1. performance of work by a researcher or recipient in a foreign location, whether or not NIH grant funds are expended and/or

2. performance of work by a researcher in a foreign location employed or paid for by a foreign organization, whether or not NIH grant funds are expended.

If a recipient determines that a portion of the project will be conducted outside of the U.S., the recipient then will need to determine if the activities are considered significant. If both criteria are met, then there is a foreign component.

This policy appears to be related to a rising level of administration concern over “undue foreign influence” in research.

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