International Research Collaboration / Foreign Influence

Texas A&M embraces a culture of excellence which values diversity in thought and an environment that promotes innovation and creativity in research. As a global leader, the university acknowledges the importance of collaborations, locally as well as around the world, to advance society.

Texas A&M is committed to:

  • Protecting the strength and vitality of its research enterprise
  • Championing academic freedom
  • Encouraging our researchers and scholars to collaborate with the brightest minds in the world
  • Advancing knowledge and the application of that knowledge

Universities such as Texas A&M are actively responding to concerns from federal agencies and sponsors regarding foreign influence in academic research. This influence may range from conflicting commitments of researchers to foreign entities to the misappropriation of research results and intellectual property. While we value and encourage international collaborations that promote openness in research and scholarship, Texas A&M must comply with US laws and agency regulations that govern how we manage and report international engagements. Understanding the regulatory environment, the risks, and importance of transparency is an individual responsibility as well as an organizational commitment.

Texas A&M remains committed to the highest level of research integrity and engagement of global partners. The information below will provide you with guidance and support in obtaining transparency related to foreign components of your research.

Contact Us

Division of Research Contact Information
Export Control OfficeConflict of InterestResponsible Conduct of Research Office 979-862-6419 Conflict of Interest Responsible Conduct of Research Visiting Scholars
Research Development Services 979-845-1811
Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) 979-845-8585

International Research Collaboration Guide

More information about Financial Conflict of Interest, Conflict of Commitment


Requirements, disclosures, management and reporting, external activities, external professional and non-professional activities, training,


More information about Export Controls


Investigators, administrators, other individuals, types of indicators considered Red Flags, restricted party screening, authorized users for export control compliance software, restricted party list, jurisdiction determination and classification review, foreign person employees, research and other research-related agreements, international visitors, purchasing and financial transactions, Department of Contract Administration, shipping overseas, travel, Texas A&M at Qatar, glossary of terms, report suspected violation, risk, fraud and misconduct hotline


More information about external professional work, outside employment


Disclosures, reporting, faculty consulting and/or external professional employment; use of System resources, payment, publications


More information about sabbatical leave


Faculty Development Leave (FDL), FDL Review Committee, tenured full-time faculty, college department head and college liaison, funding, cycle guidelines, process, deadlines, FDL report


Additional Training Resources

Other Resources

More information about DoD Actions for the protection of intellectual property, controlled information, key personnel and critical technologies.


NASA: As a reminder, NASA has long-standing restrictions on using NASA funds to enter into agreements “to participate, collaborate, or coordinate bilaterally in any way with China or any Chinese-owned company, at the prime recipient level or at any subrecipient level, whether the bilateral involvement is funded or performed under a no-exchange of funds arrangement.” This prohibits Texas A&M from collaborating with or issuing a subaward to China or a Chinese-owned company as part of a NASA project (even if the activity is unfunded).