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 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
All research or sponsored activity grant applications should be processed through Sponsored Programs. Importantly, federal funding agencies have asked researchers to become more vigilant in the disclosure of international research collaborations, affiliations, and activities to protect the integrity of U.S. research and intellectual property. We encourage faculty to stay abreast of evolving agency regulations and best practices, some of which are outlined on the Research Support site.
*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.