International Engagement

Disclosure: Transparent Reporting of International Affiliations and Support

Common Disclosure Forms

Federal agencies have updated and clarified reporting requirements for current and pending/other support and biosketches. Common disclosure forms intended for federal-wide implementation were finalized in November 2023 and are expected to be adopted by agencies in the coming months:

The forms were developed by the Research Security Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) to reduce variance in reporting requirements across federal research funding agencies. The National Science Foundation is serving as a steward of the forms and information. A Pre- and Post-award Disclosure Table is available here. The table is intended to provide clarity and consistency on what, where, and when information must be disclosed.  

Disclosing Outside Activities 

Report any outside activity, relationship, or interest with an external entity (e.g., company, organization, etc.) in M-Inform (see U-M Outside Activity Disclosure Guidance). 

  • Annual disclosure is required (cycle begins July 1st) and updates within 30 days of changes 
  • Required disclosures include, but are not limited to, foreign talent recruitment programs, international appointments and visiting scholar affiliations and any associated contracts, and travel reimbursement from foreign sources.
  • When international engagements are indicated in a proposal approval form (PAF) or disclosed in M-Inform, U-M COI staff reconcile your current and pending (C&P)/other support forms with international activities reported in M-Inform and/or the PAF to facilitate full disclosure.

For questions about COI policy, outside interest disclosure, or COI review and management processes, email COI.Support@umich.edu 

For questions about C&P/other support disclosures, email Other-Support-Questions@umich.edu 

For questions about potential engagement in an international outside activity or an associated contract or agreement, email InternationalResearchGuidance@umich.edu.