The council’s statement proposes a number of steps that both academe and government can take to maintain the balance between international collaboration and national security.
Universities and other recipients of research funding should:
Be transparent about foreign ties and potential conflicts of interest.
Develop training programs for faculty and students to familiarize them with the potential of outside influence and for managing data and intellectual property.
Create research security working groups on cybersecurity, foreign travel security, insider threat awareness and education, export control, and management of intellectual property.
Screen foreign faculty, students, and visitors for restricted individuals or associations with restricted entities.
Set up a process for reviewing and managing institutional agreements, memorandums of understanding and similar formal contracts with foreign entities.
The federal government should:
Hold open forums to discuss new or amended regulations.
Give adequate notice and implementation time for rule changes to minimize confusion among faculty and staff and for questions and comments to be resolved.
Coordinate policy for foreign influence across federal agencies.
Prioritize regulatory action for countries identified as security threats.