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New International Activities Questions in the IPF

Effective May 10, 2019, the RAMSeS Internal Processing Form (IPF) displays a new question in the “General Proposal Information” section.

Will the proposed project involve activities primarily focused outside of the United States?

New IPF Question

If the questions are answered with “Yes”, this triggers additional required questions concerning the international research component of the proposed research in the IPF. Responses to these questions may also trigger a follow-up email to the Lead PI requesting more details that need to be submitted to

Why the Change?

As Carolina’s global research portfolio grows, the University needs to better understand the scope of proposed or expanding international research initiatives to ensure compliance with numerous U.S. and foreign laws and regulations. These additional questions focus primarily on in-country third party relationships, the planned use of existing research sites, possible implications of foreign export/import laws, and local staffing and employment requirements.

This information is critical in helping the University better support faculty Principal Investigators and reduce institutional liability overseas. Your responses to these questions may trigger follow-on communications asking for more details and connecting you with resources to help you in your planning. We are grateful for your cooperation and look forward to ensuring your international research efforts succeed.

Questions concerning the new questions on international research may be sent to All other research administration questions may be sent to

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