Foreign Influence

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Foreign influence and federal funding

The federal government is paying close attention to the issue of foreign influence and the protection of US intellectual property. It is important the university comply with the regulations and also uphold the intellectual freedom and international collaboration that are traditional hallmarks of university science in the United States. Know what is required prior to application or receiving funds; such as a disclosure of all sources of funding, conflicts of interest as well as affiliations with other institutions. The team at the Office of Research and Innovation is here to help. Please discuss any questions or concerns you have with your research officer

With all agencies it is clear a renewed effort is now underway to ensure that existing requirements to disclose current and pending support information are known, and especially as relates to participation in foreign government talent recruitment programs. ORI will help all principle investigators assure they remain complaint with these requirements. In addition, WMU is bringing together interested parties across the university such as general counsel, human resources, the Haenicke Institute for Global Education and others to assure WMU is following the best practices from the APLU AAU “Actions Taken by Universities to Address Growing Concerns about Security Threats and Undue Foreign Influence on Campus” white paper.  

Continuing dialogue

Conversation at American Association for the Advancement of Science

APLU AAU Actions Taken by Universities to Address Growing Concerns about Security Threats and Undue Foreign Influence on Campus” white paper

Federal Resources

National Institute of Health
We are pleased to announce issuance of a set of Current and Pending Support Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that accompany the revised version of the NSF
Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), effective June 1, 2020.  The FAQs address policy questions related to the PAPPG clarifications to the current and pending support coverage, as well as questions regarding use of an NSF-approved format for current and pending support.  The FAQs will be updated periodically as appropriate.   

National Science Foundation. Note: NSF Senior project personnel on proposals are to disclose all sources of support, both foreign and domestic.

Department of Energy

Department of Defense

Additional Resources

Penn State University has a national recognized resource on this topic.

The Chinese Talent Program Tracker is a catalogue of Chinese Party-State-sponsored initiatives aimed at cultivating China’s domestic talent pool in support of China's strategic civilian and military goals from the Center for Security and Emerging Technology.


Julia Mays
(269) 387-8293
Associate Director Research Compliance