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Policy regarding participation in malign foreign talent recruitment programs

February 23, 2024

International engagement is a foundational element of successful research and creative practice, and so U-M is committed to supporting and safeguarding this important activity with integrity, transparency and trust.

In the coming months, federal research funding agencies will require that researchers serving as senior/key personnel certify at proposal, and annually for the duration of the award, that they are not party to a “malign” foreign talent recruitment program.

U-M researchers are required to comply with all sponsor policies regarding disclosure of participation in foreign talent recruitment programs. Learn more about this policy and the definitions and characteristics of a “malign” program on the research website.

The OVPR Research Security Team ( is available to the U-M community for questions about this policy and how to best support international research activities.

This topic will also be featured at the February 27 Research Administrators' Network (RAN) meeting.