1. Disclose ALL outside interests and sources of support
- Make sure you provide comprehensive disclosures of all external sponsor and other outside interests, foreign and domestic, including gifts that support your research or scholarship and the types of other support that federal agencies require investigators to disclose.
- If you are an NIH-funded researcher, you must disclose foreign and domestic support that meets the NIH definition of other support and the performance of any significant scientific element or segment of a project outside of the U.S., whether or not grant funds are expended. For example, please see the links available in “Federal Government Resources” section.
- If you have other federal research support (e.g. NSF, DoE, DoD, and other non-NIH agencies) you must disclose current and pending foreign and domestic support and include foreign appointments, talent program participation, and similar engagements in your bio sketch.
- Remember to consider entrepreneurial activities related to your area of research with a foreign company or other entity (e.g. receiving personal consulting payments or holding any ownership interest), as well as sponsored / reimbursed travel, or other types of support (e.g. laboratory space, living expenses, gifts) from a foreign government, a foreign academic institution, or another foreign entity.
- Disclosures should include support that is provided through Mason channels, as well as any support that is provided to you directly as an individual (e.g. as a consultant).
- Check your sponsors’ current disclosure requirements and request assistance if you are not clear about the requirements that apply to you.
2. Carefully consider participation in Foreign Talent Programs
Discuss participation in foreign talent programs (such as Thousand Talents Program, Yangtze River Scholars) with your department chair, your associate dean or director for research, or Rebecca Hartley in Mason’s Office of Research Integrity & Assurance.
3. Discuss potential conflicts of commitment with your Department Chair, Director or Dean
We encourage you to discuss with your department chair, director, or dean any outside professional activities that require a time commitment, such as serving as a principal investigator or holding an academic appointment at a foreign university.
See menus below for additional information:
- Review and update Other Support and Current and Pending Support information in proposals in accordance with instructions in NIH’s Other Support, NSF’s Proposals & Awards Polices and Procedures Guide, and similar documentation from other sponsors. (For these references, please see "Federal Government Resources" page)
- Review and update biosketches
- Review COI disclosures and update as necessary
- Report all reimbursed or sponsored travel related to NIH/PHS-supported projects
- Reach out to Mason’s Export Control office at firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance related to export control regulations
- a federal, state, or local government agency
- an Institution of higher education as defined at 20 U.S.C. 1001 (a)
- an academic teaching hospital
- a medical center
- a research institute that is affiliated with an Institution of higher education
Contacts for Additional Assistance
General Assistance: For assistance with the issue of foreign influence in general, or to discuss specific foreign affiliations and activities, including foreign talent programs, contact Rebecca Hartley, Office of Research Integrity and Assurance, at email@example.com.
Conflict of Interest: For assistance with reporting potential financial conflicts of interest, contact Christopher DiTeresi, Office of Research Integrity and Assurance, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reporting to Sponsors: For assistance in reporting international relationships or activities to your sponsors, contact Michael Laskofski, Office of Sponsored Programs at email@example.com.
Web-based Guidance: Mason is in the process of developing web-based guidance related to these issues and is tracking changes in government requirements and policies; in the interim, you can find Mason’s Conflict of Interest as well as other guidance concerning international collaborations at https://oria.gmu.edu and https://coi.gmu.edu.