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Issued by: THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Department of Energy Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs

The purpose of this directive is to ensure the continued flow of scientific and technical information consistent with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) broad scientific mission, while also ensuring protection of U.S. competitive and national security interests and DOE program objectives; and limiting unauthorized transfers of scientific and technical information. DOE will take appropriate actions to prohibit DOE employees and DOE contractor employees, while employed by DOE or performing work under a contract, from the unauthorized transfer of scientific and technical information to foreign government entities through their participation in foreign government talent recruitment programs of countries designated by DOE as a foreign country of risk.

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Issued by: THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

Actions for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Controlled Information, Key Personnel and Critical Technologies

The National Defense Authorization Act (NOAA) for FY 2019, Section 1286, pages 443-445, directs the Secretary of Defense to establish an initiative to work with academic institutions who perform defense research and engineering activities:

  1. To support protection of intellectual property, controlled information, key personnel, and information about critical technologies relevant to national security; and
  2. To limit undue influence, including through foreign talent programs, by countries to exploit United States technology within the Department of Defense research, science and technology, and innovation enterprise.

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Issued by: THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)

Requirement for ORCID iDs for Individuals Supported by Research Training, Fellowship, Research Education, and Career Development Awards Beginning in FY 2020

By way of this Notice, NIH, AHRQ, and CDC announce that individuals supported by research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards will be required to have ORCID iDs (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifiers) beginning in FY 2020. 

In October 2019, the requirement for ORCID identifiers will be incorporated into the appointment process for trainees, scholars, and participants supported by institutional research training, career development, and research education awards that require appointments through the xTrain system. At the time of appointment, the xTrain system will check whether appointees have ORCID iDs and appointments will be not be accepted for agency review unless an ORCID iD is linked to the individual's eRA Commons Personal Profile.  

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For step-by-step instructions for claiming your ORCID, please visit OU Libraries’ Claim Your ORCID webpage.

Issued by: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)

Dear Colleague Letter: Research Protection

International collaboration is essential to pursuing the frontiers of science, as dramatically demonstrated by the incredible imaging of a black hole event horizon, the ambitious MOSAIC project to study Arctic changes, and the detection of gravitational waves on Earth. Our science and engineering enterprise, however, is put at risk when another government endeavors to benefit from the global research ecosystem without upholding the values of openness, transparency, and reciprocal collaboration. Since 1978, NSF has required senior project personnel on proposals to disclose all sources of support, both foreign and domestic. A renewed effort is now underway to ensure that existing requirements to disclose current and pending support information are known, understood, and followed. To streamline the process for providing these disclosures to NSF, we are proposing use of an electronic format for submission of biographical sketches, including disclosure of all appointments.

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Issued by: OFFICE OF EXTRAMURAL RESEARCH, NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

Reference Letters vs. Letters of Support: What’s the Difference?

Reference letters and letters of support provide key information for reviewers and NIH staff, but when is each type of letter used, who writes them, and what should be included? For an overview and guidance, please use the link below:

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Issued by: OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (OD)

Reminder of NIH Policies on Other Support and on Policies related to Financial Conflicts of Interest and Foreign Components

The intent of this notice is to remind the extramural community about the need to report foreign activities through documentation of other support, foreign components, and financial conflict of interest to prevent scientific, budgetary, or commitment overlap. 

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