FEDERAL RESEARCH: Agencies Need to Enhance Policies to Address Foreign Influence

FEDERAL RESEARCH: Agencies Need to Enhance Policies to Address Foreign Influence

12/17/20
By: U.S. Government Office of Accountability

To protect U.S. investments in scientific research from undue foreign influence, federal agencies should have conflict of interest policies and require researchers to disclose foreign interests.

Two of the 5 agencies we reviewed do not have agency-wide financial conflict of interest policies, and none of the 5 have non-financial policies (e.g., for researchers with multiple professional appointments). But all require researchers to disclose some non-financial interests in grant proposals—like foreign-provided lab space.



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