International Engagement

Federal-wide Efforts – Research Security Programs

National Security Presidential Memorandum-33 (NSPM-33) was developed by federal agencies through the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC’s) Research Security Subcommittee and issued by the White House on January 14, 2021. The purpose was to strengthen protections of U.S. Government-supported Research and Development (R&D) against foreign government interference and exploitation. A focus was ensuring that participants in U.S. federal R&D fully disclose information that can reveal potential conflicts of interest and commitment. This led to the November 2023 publication of common disclosure forms (biosketch and current and pending/other support) intended for federal-wide use.  

NSPM-33 also called for the establishment of research security programs at institutions receiving >$50 million annually in federal R&D funding. Research security programs are to include four elements: 

      • Cybersecurity
      • Foreign travel security
      • Research security training
      • Export control training, as appropriate 

These elements were further defined in NSPM-33 Implementation Guidance developed by the NSTC’s Research Security Subcommittee and issued by the White House in January 2022 and in draft standards published by the Office of Science Technology Policy on March 7, 2023. Institutions are awaiting final standards and upon publication will have at least one year to implement them. 

Research Security Training

The National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy funded four cooperative agreements to develop training in best practices to optimize research security. The four modules center on the following four questions:

  • Why is research security an important issue?
  • What is a disclosure policy and how will it be used?
  • What actions can federally funded research recipients take to manage and mitigate risk? 
  • Is international collaboration encouraged? 

Training modules have been released and are available for institutions to adapt and use.