International Research Activities and Engagements
To support UCI’s continued engagement and collaboration with the international community while also addressing the federal government’s expressed concerns about undue foreign influence, the International Activities and Engagement Compliance team created this website to provide the essential information and helpful resources.
Basics (How to get started)
Details (International Research Activities)
How to get started
Recommendation: Maintain a set of up-to-date records of your activities and relationships to refer to when completing these disclosure requests
- Maintain an updated CV
- Master Log is a tool and example of the types of information you need to maintain and track
Federal agencies are investigating discrepancies and failures to disclose in university grantees, which resulted in some cases, universities terminating researcher’s employment and criminal and civil charges
|Who Needs to Disclose||Disclosure Type||When to Disclose||Who to Disclose to||Contact/Resources|
|UCI Employees||Intellectual Property - Record of Invention||Submitted after invention’s discovery||UCI Beall Applied Innovation Research Translation Group||http://innovation.uci.edu/about/research-translation/|
|UCI Faculty||Conflict of Commitment: outside professional activities in UC OATS||Annually based on the fiscal calendar, Prior Approval for Category 1 Activities||UCI Academic Personnel||Ilona Pak (email@example.com)
|Researchers (varies based on applicable Conflict of Interest policy(ies)- see COI Disclosure Chart)||Conflict of Interest: personal outside financial interests|
Public Health Service/National Science Foundation: KR COI Annual Disclosure
Other policies have different disclosure procedures
|With certain research project based transactions (such as proposal, award, continuing award, etc.)||UCI Conflict of Interestfirstname.lastname@example.org
Conflict of Interest (Office of Research)
|Researchers (varies by federal agency)||Biographical sketches: positions, affiliations, etc.- see Details||In federal grant/contract applications||Federal Agency||International Activities & Relationships Compliance (Office of Research)|
|Researchers (varies by federal agency)||Other Support/Current & Pending Support: research related resources, collaborations, etc.-see Details||At just-in-time/with application and updated with federal project’s annual progress reports||Federal Agency||International Activities & Relationships Compliance (Office of Research)|
- Compliance & Conflict of Interest for Researchers Briefing (COIR)- https://www.uclc.uci.edu/, search "COIR"
- Export Control
- Situational Awareness Handout
Frequently Asked Questions
Foreign influence or undue foreign influence are terms used to describe the federal government's concerns over foreign governments and entities' influence in academia which could negatively impact the United State's economic competitiveness and national security. The four main areas of concern are:
- Peer review violations
- Failure to disclose substantial foreign resources, including but not limited to: foreign employment arrangements, foreign grant support that creates problem with overlap, or over-commitment, foreign talents programs.
- Failure to disclose significant foreign financial conflicts of interest
- Compliance with regulatory requirements including US Export Control laws and regulations, which establish a set of requirements for the transfer of technology and data to foreign countries and/or foreign nationals in the US and sanctions from the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which restrict interactions with individuals or entities on the sanctions list.
These concerns resulted in new legislation, federal investigations, and updated disclosure requirements, emphasizing the importance for researchers and universities to disclose accurately, properly and consistently and establish practices to reduce the risks.
Please review the Basics section above and continue to monitor our website and campus emails for announcements of changes since this is an evolving compliance area.
If you have specific questions, please contact Nadia Wong at email@example.com.