Disclosure and Reporting of Foreign Support
Louisiana State University (LSU) strongly supports and encourages international collaboration
in research and scholarly activities. International collaborations are critical to
fulfilling LSU’s commitment and vision to be a leading research-extensive university
and to the mission of the generation, preservation, dissemination, and application
of knowledge and cultivation of the arts. To support our continued international collaborations
and grow new opportunities worldwide while protecting LSU and LSU personnel from undue
foreign influence that threatens scientific and academic values and research integrity,
it is important for all personnel to understand the concerns being raised at the federal
level and be reminded of our existing obligations for disclosure and transparency.
NIH Letter to Grantees
Recently, the federal government and federal sponsors have issued documents expressing
concern about foreign influence in funded research. The Director of the National Institutes
of Health (NIH), Francis Collins, issued a “Foreign Influence Letter to Grantees,”
which outlines specific concerns regarding threats to the integrity of US biomedical
research, including diversion of intellectual property, sharing of confidential information
with foreign entities, and failure by some researchers to disclose substantial support
from foreign governments. As a result, institutions of higher education are more aware
of the possible impact of these foreign relationships on all funded research, not
just in the biomedical domain.
Current Disclosure Obligations for Foreign Support
As the federal agencies and government officials finalize requirements for additional
disclosure regarding foreign support, we want to remind you of the following current
obligations regarding disclosure:
This includes all foreign or domestic grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and
institutional awards. You should also note any planned collaborations (foreign or
domestic) and their scope, including the exchange of information, material, or data.
Disclose all outside employment by completing the required PM-11 Disclosure of Outside
Employment. This requirement applies to both US and international outside employment.
LSU PS-98 (Policy on Financial Conflicts of Interest in Research) requires all investigators
who are applying for or currently holding active externally funded projects to have
a current Significant Financial Interest (SFI) disclosure on file. A disclosure is
submitted and updated annually or when any changes to the disclosure take place.
Disclose travel reimbursed or paid for by a third party. This is required of all
investigators (includes all individuals who are responsible for the design, conduct,
or reporting of all externally funded research or proposals). Refer to PS-98 for additional information.
Be knowledgeable of your responsibilities to comply with US export control laws and
regulations related to publication restrictions in research, traveling internationally
(including international conferences), engaging in international collaborations, shipping
materials internationally, working with international faculty and students, and participating
in any international transactions. Review LSU’s export control policy (PS-119) and resources.
Ensure that any transfer of intellectual property, proprietary data, material, or
technical information to foreign entities is covered by an appropriate agreement such
as a material transfer agreement (MTA) or nondisclosure agreement (NDA). These agreements
are negotiated by the Office of Innovation and Technology Commercialization (ITC)
If required, disclose your activities, affiliations, and relationships when speaking,
teaching, or publishing with outside organizations, including in scientific journals
and professional societies.
The LSU GeauxGrants system is used for all PM-11 Outside Employment and PS-98 Significant Financial Interest
and travel disclosures. Links and relevant help materials for GeauxGrants click here.
Any concerns or questions you may have about a specific situation relating to foreign
support should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.