Guidance from the Vice Chancellor for Research Regarding Concerns of Inappropriate Foreign Influence and University Research
This page provides guidance from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research on matters relating to foreign influence concerns, policy updates, and guidance provided by the NIH and other federal funding agencies. This page will be updated as information changes.
Transparency & Disclosure
Be thorough and complete in accounting for all forms of research support.
Regulations around export controls are complex and constantly evolving, and there are several issues to be considered before engaging in a wide range of export-controlled activities.
Engaging Visiting Collaborators
Visiting scientists are a tremendous asset to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s global research program, and their contributions to what we do are recognized and appreciated.
Proper security of material, data and confidential/proprietary information
When materials or data will be shared with other organizations, foreign or otherwise, it is often prudent and may be required by law, to have an agreement, such as a material transfer agreement (MTA), data use agreement (DUA), or nondisclosure agreement (NDA), in place governing the use of those materials or data.
Researchers must take reasonable efforts to protect the University’s interest (and, in the case of federally-sponsored research, the federal government’s interest) in intellectual property developed in the course of their UNC research.
Always remember that all information gained through peer review processes – whether reviewing grant applications or publications – is confidential and should never be shared.
Gifts & Donations
Only designated University personnel are authorized to accept gifts (either cash or in-kind) from any source.
What You Should Do Right Now
Expectation Guidance Chart 🖺
What to do now: a printable PDF guide.
Resources from the National Institutes of Health.
Guidance on Science and Security
OSR Guidance on Science and Security Impact on Research.