Boston University values and encourages international collaborations and educational exchanges. We strive to uphold academic freedom and believe in the open dissemination of research for the advancement of knowledge. We remain dedicated to our founding principle: “that research, scholarship, artistic creation, and professional practice should be conducted in the service of the wider community—local and international.”

New Policy on Participation in Malign Foreign Talent Recruitment Programs

Boston University’s policy on participation in MFTRPs goes into effect on May 20, 2024 for all NSF-funded researchers and August 9, 2024 for all research, regardless of funding source.

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In recent years, the US government has raised concerns about foreign government interference at research institutions receiving federal funds and has issued new research security policies, guidance, and rules to address these concerns. The government has emphasized that the responsibility for protecting US research from undue foreign influence belongs to individual researchers and their institutions. Accordingly, Boston University has established a Research Security Program. This program is managed through Research Compliance and jointly administered through Research Compliance, Sponsored Programs, Information Security, and Global Programs.

Regulatory Background

National Security Presidential Memorandum 33 (NSPM-33)

Research Security Program Components

BU Research Security Program

Program Implementation Status



Foreign Travel Security

Research Security Training

Export Control Training

Malign Foreign Talent Recruitment Programs

Recent Developments

Boston University is closely monitoring activities by Congress and federal agencies relating to Research Security and will update this page as new rules, updates, guidance, or clarifications to existing requirements are issued.





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