When developing a proposal and implementation process for global research of any kind, you must consider a range of factors beyond those associated with research conducted domestically. These factors include, but are not limited to, the risk areas and considerations outlined in the Planning Your Activity Abroad page and, more specifically, the following:

  • Collaboration agreements or Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with local institutions
  • Compliance with local employment and contractor services laws
  • Local customs and review processes for human subjects review*
  • Ensuring the health, safety, and security of participating students, faculty, and staff
  • Effects of currency exchange rates on research budgets
  • Ensuring availability of funds in-country for local expenses
  • Purchasing logistics
  • Visa and work permit requirements in-country for participants
  • Determination of whether legal registration (and/or registration with other host country authorities) is required
  • Technology infrastructure in host country to support research activities
  • Export controls of goods as well as data

*Please Note: If you are planning a project abroad that includes human subject research, you may find the International Compilation of Human Research Standards resource list developed by the US Department of Health and Human Services helpful.

You are encouraged to refer to and consult with Global Programs and the Manage section of the website to assist you in determining which factors listed above apply to your project and the tools available for assistance with implementing your project.

All research or sponsored activity grant applications should be processed through Sponsored Programs. Please consult the Sponsored Programs Handbook for detailed information on pursuing research activities.

Current research programs

Faculty in nearly all of BU’s schools and colleges are conducting research outside of the United States. You will find more information about these projects on the Global Study & Research page and the individual websites of these various Boston University offices, schools, and colleges.

Relevant Webinars

  • China & India: What You Need to Know When Conducting Research or Educational Activities
  • Sub-Saharan Africa—What You Need to Know When Conducting Research or Educational Activities

Available via the Global Programs Resources page.