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.
|Division of Research||Contact Information|
|Export Control Office/ Conflict of Interest/ Responsible Conduct of Research Office||979-862-6419
email@example.com Conflict of Interest
firstname.lastname@example.org Responsible Conduct of Research
email@example.com 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, FAQ; firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
More information about visiting scholars
DOR department name, international faculty & scholar services office
Visiting Scholar/International Visiting Scholar/Exchange Visitor Request Form
More information about Foreign Government Sponsored Talent Recruitment Program (FGSTP)
Additional Training 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).
More information about NSF Proposal and Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)
NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support
DOE–certain awards require review and approval of all foreign nationals supporting the project.
More information about Council on Governmental Relations: Federal Focus on Inappropriate Foreign Influence on Research
Joint Committee on the Research Environment (JCORE) 9.2.21 Comparison Chart Disclosure Processes
Principles for Evaluating Conflict of Commitment Concerns in Academic Research
More information about AAU and APLU May 2021 Association of American Universities and Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities Principles and Values to Guide Actions relevant to Foreign Government Interference in University Research
White House OSTP Blog 08.10.21 Clear Rules for Research Security and Researcher Responsibility
White House Press Release 8.12.21 Readout of National Security Presidential Memorandum 33 Community Forum (guidance for Federal departments and agencies on implementation of NSPM-33)