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Collaborations are often the cornerstone of success in the research community and the University remains strongly committed to that idea by encouraging and supporting collaborative efforts worldwide. Concerns have been raised by Federal entities that certain international activities have begun to threaten the integrity of the U.S. research enterprise.

These concerns are commonly referred to as “Science and Security“. It is important that all faculty and staff understand these concerns and the impact on the research efforts at the University.

New OSR Guidance:

To that end, the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) has released a new resource on the OSR webpage to help researchers and research administrators remain informed and compliant. The OSR Science and Security webpage will be routinely updated to communicate new changes and information.

Main Components:

  • Background on the evolution of Science and Security
  • Related Policies and Procedures
  • Primary Concerns and Direct Impacts on Research
  • Sponsor Specific Updates
  • FAQs

Additional related guidance is available on the UNC Research webpage as well as the Guidance Memo from the Vice Chancellor For Research on foreign influence concerns.

If you have questions or concerns, please direct them to OSR at or The Conflict of Interest Program at

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