Regulations & Compliance

All international projects need to be in compliance with U.S. laws and those of the host country. The regulatory environment in the U.S. and abroad is becoming more focused on foreign activities, seeking greater transparency into their scope and substance.

In the U.S., a range of federal agencies are charged with enhancing transparency and increasing enforcement of existing legislation. Enforcement is also being stepped up, with large penalties for failure to file on a range of federally-mandated information filings. The pace of new legislative activity around international transactions continues to be significant.

Major U.S. regulations that govern the conduct of our international activities include:

The above list is non-exhaustive for the U.S., and the government(s) of a foreign sponsor will have different and possibly more onerous regulatory requirements. The ICC is here to provide guidance on the specifics of these regulations. Please contact us so that we can discuss how they may impact your project.

Undue "Foreign Influence"

The U.S. Government, including the federal agencies that fund much of MIT’s research, has expressed serious concerns regarding inappropriate influence by foreign entities, government, or individuals on U.S. institutions and researchers.

For more information and examples of key concerns regarding undue foreign influence, please visit the Office of the Vice President for Research’s page on Foreign Engagements.

The intention of the guidance is not to prevent or limit international collaborations, but rather to make the MIT community aware of specific concerns regarding undue foreign influence in research and the processes that we have in place at MIT to mitigate this through disclosure and transparency.