About Science and Security at Columbia University

For over 250 years, Columbia University has been a leader in higher education within the U.S. and around the world. A key factor contributing to Columbia’s status as one of the world’s most important centers of research and learning is its historic and continuing commitment to attract and engage the best minds – domestically and internationally – in its pursuit of greater human understanding, new discoveries, and service to society. Columbia’s commitment to global engagement is reflected in its mission statement and is a core principle that will continue to guide Columbia in the future. Columbia seeks to foster an academic environment in which Columbia faculty, students and staff are encouraged to engage in international collaborations and educational activities abroad. In addition, Columbia is dedicated to creating an open and supportive learning environment on campus for its international faculty, students and visiting scholars.

Recently, concerns have been raised about an increased risk of “foreign influence” over the U.S. research enterprise, including foreign governmental efforts to divert intellectual property and know-how from U.S. academic institutions to non-U.S. entities. These concerns have focused increased attention on certain existing requirements for researchers. In addition, federal funding agencies are issuing new policies, guidance, and proposed rules to address these concerns.

Columbia has developed this webpage to remind the Columbia community of existing University requirements that address the concerns described above, to update the Columbia community regarding new developments in laws and policies in this area, and to provide additional guidance and best practices. It is important that Columbia faculty, students and staff are aware of relevant procedures and regulations that govern Columbia’s research and global engagement activities to ensure that all activities are in full compliance with Columbia procedures and applicable U.S. laws.