U.S. academic research institutions are open to people of all backgrounds and nations. This openness is not only a matter of principle; this approach and the underlying policies that have enabled it have allowed the U.S. to achieve unparalleled levels of academic excellence and innovation.
MIT strongly supports international collaborations across the global community for the stimulation of scientific ideas and service. The intention of the guidance provided here is not to prevent or limit international collaborations, rather it is to make the MIT community aware of specific concerns regarding undue foreign influence in research and the processes that we have in place at MIT to mitigate undue foreign influence through disclosure and transparency.
The best ways to mitigate concerns regarding foreign influence are by educating yourself and your staff about relevant regulations and policies, completing all sponsor and Institute disclosure procedures, and providing ongoing communications regarding any new or changing relationships with foreign entities.
Related Offices and Institute Communications
- Research Compliance: Contact Research Compliance to learn more about complying with policies around foreign engagement.
- Export Control: Export control refers not only to physical items, but also to intangibles such as ideas and information. Take export control training and contact MIT Export Control with questions.
- International Coordinating Committee (ICC): The ICC reviews engagements (with particular emphasis on China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia) to help identify and manage risks. The ICC also provides Global Support Resources for anyone planning or managing global activities.
- Information Regarding Informal Research Collaborations with Peers at Russian Institutions (July 6, 2022)
- Decision regarding collaboration with Saudi Aramco (September 3, 2020)