Foreign influence is the inappropriate or inadvertent sharing of confidential and/or proprietary information, intellectual property, or data of grant applications, unpublished research or technologies. Recently, the NIH has identified at least 100 instances of foreign influence on extramural research. And, investigators at more than 65 institutions failed to report foreign ties, funding sources, and conflicts of interest.
This is a reminder that disclosing all support - foreign and domestic - is fundamental to transparency in research funding. UTMB policies help to raise awareness of foreign influence and reiterates the regulatory requirements aimed at preventing it.