Research Security and International Collaborations Commitee (RSIC)

The Research Security and International Collaborations Committee includes faculty and administrators from throughout the university. Their charge is to inform the development and implementation of a university-wide security program to mitigate risks to research security while ensuring Emory continues to pursue research in partnership with other institutions domestically and abroad. The Committee harmonizes recommendations developed by task forces, consultants, and other sources, as well as provides advice on how to operationalize recommendations. View our members and Charter here.

The RSIC committee meets regularly to discuss issues confronting international collaborations:

  1. Conflicts of Interest and Commitment: Ensuring that COI and COC policies and procedures balance the need for academic freedom and pursuit of appropriately-managed external activities while protecting against competing interests and commitments.  
  2. Visitors on Campus: Identifying and establishing procedures and security checks to ensure a uniform process for internal notification, processing and approval for all visiting scholars, high-level international visitors, or delegations from foreign governments. 
  3. International Collaboration: Concerns triggered by collaboration with international entities in the course of global research and other endeavors. 
  4. Sponsored Research: Pre-and post-award processes to account for research security and export control concerns and appropriate disclosure of affiliations and support, foreign components, and compliance with evolving sponsor notification requirements. 
  5. Intellectual Property Transfer/ Commercialization: IP generation, technology transfer, material and data transfers, and business engagement activities with foreign entities. 
  6. Gifts and Other Forms of Support: Influence exerted through the provision of gifts and other forms of support from international entities. 
  7. International Travel: Establishing policy and processes for individuals travelling to certain locations or with sensitive research that address travel briefings, safety protocols, and physical and information security. 
  8. Information Technology: Leveraging and protecting IT systems, teams, data, and resources from intrusion.  
  9. Compliance with Export Controls: Aligning export control processes to account for and support foreign influence prevention strategies.    
  10. Biologics and Health Sciences: Addressing security and federal concerns unique to health sciences research.