New Leadership for Research Security at Boston University

We are pleased to announce Sarah Porter, JD, MS, will be serving as Boston University’s new Research Security Director.

As Research Security Director, Sarah will be responsible for coordinating the University’s compliance with research security regulatory requirements under the National Security Presidential Memorandum – 33 (NSPM-33). NSPM-33 research security encompasses disclosure of conflicts of interest, funding or other support, and relationships (e.g., appointments at other institutions) that could impact research and development, and/or the research enterprise. Institutions that receive in-excess of $50 million per year of federal funding must implement a research security program that includes increased cybersecurity, foreign travel security, research security training, and export control training.

Sarah’s role as Research Security Director dovetails nicely with her continued oversight of the University’s research Financial Conflicts of Interest and Export Control programs. She will be working closely with the University NSPM-33 working group, as well as teams from Sponsored Programs, Global Programs, and IS&T Cybersecurity, which will maintain oversight of their specific research security responsibilities under NSPM-33, and related requirements under the National Science Foundation Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures (NSF-PAPPG 23-1) and the Congressional Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) and Science Act.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Associate Vice President for Research Compliance Kate Mellouk at 617-358-4730.

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