Research Security

Research security covers a wide range of federal initiatives meant to protect academic research from being misappropriated to the detriment of the university and to national security. These initiatives are summarized in National Security Presidential Memorandum 33 (NSPM -33), subsequent guidance from the Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2022 and 2023, and the CHIPS and Science Act (also known as CHIPS). NSPM-33 and CHIPS require universities to take active measures to safeguard research. These initiatives have led to enhanced scrutiny of international collaborations. 

Federal funding agencies are requiring that recipient individuals and their organizations develop a risk based research security review process to identify research security risk mitigation needs even for fundamental research projects.  Factors to consider include associations, affiliations, collaborations, funding, and institutional policies and procedures:

  • Foreign talent recruitment program factors
  • Funding sources factors
  • Patent factors
  • Entity list factors
  • University policies and procedures that reinforce the importance of research security