Undue Foreign Influence is an ever-evolving compliance area.  Please check here for the list of updates and new information.

January 10, 2022


National Science Foundation released a new table for Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support along with new FAQs.

December 21, 2021

October 2021

National Counterintelligence and Security Center published "Protecting Critical and Emerging U.S. Technologies from Foreign Threats", which highlighted artificial intelligence, bioeconomy, autonomous systems, quantum, and semiconductors as areas with the greatest stakes for U.S. economic and national security.

October 5, 2021

Report on Agency Actions Needed to Address Foreign Influence: Government Accountability Office recently released a report on “Agency Actions Needed to Address Foreign Influence.” The report found that in the absence of agency-wide COI policies and definitions for non-financial interests, researchers may not fully understand what they need to report on their grant proposals, leaving agencies with incomplete information to assess the risk of foreign influence. 

September 17, 2021

Department of Defense- DARPA recently released a memo to DARPA staff and contractors announcing their Countering Foreign Influence Program (CFIP) will create risk assessments of all proposed Senior/Key Personnel selected for negotiations of a fundamental research grant or cooperative agreement award. The CFIP risk assessment process will be conducted separately from the DARPA scientific review process and adjudicated prior to final award.

Senior/Key Personnel Foreign Influence Risk Rubric

June 28, 2021

June 22, 2021

NSF issued new Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) effective October 4, 2021 along with NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support.

  • Biographical Sketches page limit increased to three pages
  • Current and Pending Support requires information on objectives and overlap with other projects

April 9, 2021

Important Information for NIH Investigators: New Requirements for Biographical Sketch and Other Support (effective 5/24/21)

See updated Biosketch and Other Support sections in PHS Disclosure Requirements section