International Research Compliance and Law: A Study of Key Issues Affecting Academic Research Institutions in the Pre-Award Phase of International Research Programs
This research explores the topic of pre-award research administration involving research conducted by United States-based institutions in foreign countries. Preliminary research and discussions with subject matter experts suggested that a) both large and small research institutions’ international project portfolios have dramatically increased and are projected to continue to increase; b) a lack of formal literature and practical guidance on legal and compliance-related issues exists; and c) research institutions face significant difficulties in the timely and comprehensive management of these issues prior to project commencement, in part as a result of the preceding preliminary findings. This project seeks to build on available knowledge from established research institutions and gather relevant feedback from relevant professionals in the field in order to suggest best practices for the management of pre-award legal and compliance issues. Recommendations and prototype tools (e.g. intake survey for researchers, organizational flowchart) are provided in support of that aim.