Georgia Tech is committed to maintaining an open environment to foster research discoveries and innovation that benefit our community and the world. Our international partnerships play a crucial role in our mission, and we are proud to connect students, faculty, and research collaborators around the world.

While an open, collaborative environment is supported at Georgia Tech, we must also protect your research and development against foreign government interference and misappropriation. Several federal mandates, including the National Security Presidential Memorandum-33, are informing ongoing changes in Institute systems, policies, and procedures.

Learn more about these requirements below, and complete your first action item – register with ORCID and connect your ORCID iD to Georgia Tech.

What is foreign influence?

The U.S. Government, including members of Congress and federal agencies, has expressed serious concerns regarding inappropriate influence by foreign entities, government, or individuals on U.S. institutions and researchers. Particular concerns of foreign influence are:

  • Inappropriate or inadvertent sharing of proprietary information, intellectual property, or data of grant applications, unpublished research, or technologies.
  • Sharing of confidential information by researchers serving as peer reviewers of grant applications.
  • Failure of researchers to disclose substantial support from outside activities or foreign organizations in grant applications Current & Pending forms. There are particular concerns regarding the failure to follow federal agency requirements to disclose foreign components or foreign collaborations in progress reports or ongoing awards.

Several federal agencies have indicated that failure to disclose foreign relationships and activities may jeopardize eligibility for future funding.

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued guidance regarding government-wide foreign interest and activity disclosure requirements in accordance with National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM) 33: Presidential Memorandum on United States Government-Supported Research and National Security.

What is NSPM-33?

National Security Presidential Memorandum-33 (NSPM-33) established a national security policy for U.S. Government-supported research and development. NSPM-33 requires all federal research funding agencies to strengthen and standardize disclosure requirements for federally funded awards. NSPM-33 mandates the establishment of research security programs at research institutions receiving federal funds. NSPM-33 will also require oversight and enforcement activity in the form of administrative actions as well as civil or criminal penalties.

Why is NSPM-33 required?

There is an increasing need to protect U.S-funded scientific research from undue foreign influence, including exploitation of the open university research environment and intellectual property theft.

What are the goals of NSPM-33?

To protect America’s national security while promoting openness in the research community To make it clear so that well-intentioned researchers can easily and properly comply To ensure that policies do not fuel xenophobia or prejudice NSPM-33 requires a certification from research organizations awarded more than $50 million per year in total federal research funding.

There are five key areas addressed in NSPM-33:

  1. Disclosure Requirements and Standardization
  2. Digital Persistent Identifiers
  3. Consequences for Violation of Disclosure Requirements
  4. Information Sharing
  5. Research Security Programs

How can I prepare?

As a Georgia Tech researcher, you need to register with ORCID to receive a digital identifier (an ORCID iD).

ORCID is a non-profit organization supported by a global community of member organizations, including research institutions, publishers, funders, professional associations, service providers, and other stakeholders in the research ecosystem.

You can access ORCID training videos by logging into Georgia Tech's Learning Management System using SSO, then search using the word "ORCID" or under the "How To" category.