NSF defines Research Security as: Safeguarding the research enterprise against the misappropriation of research and development to the detriment of national or economic security, related violations of research integrity, and foreign government interference.
Speaking broadly, research security refers to national security concerns surrounding research involving certain types of sensitive data, intellectual property, export-controlled information, and other risks. Research security programs are designed to protect the means, know-how and products of research until it is properly disseminated.
NDSU is committed to fostering open scientific research and collaboration with scholars from across the world. While the vast majority of the world does not present a risk to the research enterprise, the federal government is concerned about threats to the integrity and security of our academic research including:
- Improper foreign influence in federally funded research
- Researcher failure to disclose foreign affiliations
- Conflicts of interest (COI) and conflicts of commitment (COC) with federal funding agencies and U.S. employers
- Intellectual property theft
- Economic and academic espionage
- Disclosure/diversion of confidential grant application information
- Grant fraud
Research security programs are implemented to establish practices that are reliable and adaptive to emerging and evolving threats. The U.S. government has focused on disclosures of conflicts of interest, commitments, including affiliations with foreign entities, and research support provided by these entities as critical.
If you have questions about federal agency responses to research security specific to the areas below, contact the following individuals:
|Research and Faculty Development
For assistance with proposal development including generating BioSketch or Current and Pending Support documents, setting up an ORCID ID or using SciENcv.
To ensure that all potential conflicts of interest are reported and managed, researchers must disclose their activities in accordance with these NDSU policies
- Policy 151 Code of Conduct
- Policy 151.1 External Activities and Conflicts of Interest
- Policy 152 External Professional Activities
- Policy 169 Employee Responsibility and Activities: Theft and Fraud
- Policy 190 Employee Responsibility and Activities: Intellectual Property
- Policy 348 Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research
- Policy 722 Export Control
- Policy 823 Financial Conflict of Interest – Public Health Service, National Science Foundation or Other Applicable Sponsored Research