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Research Security

International engagement is a key priority for Vanderbilt University as we continue to expand our global impact.  The page is intended to help Vanderbilt researchers navigate new research security rules that accompany international collaboration.

Research security is a relatively new term that covers a wide range of federal initiatives meant to protect academic research from being misappropriated to the detriment of national security. These initiatives have been enumerated in National Security Presidential Memorandum 33 (NSPM -33), subsequent guidance from the Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2022 and 2023, and the CHIPS and Science Act (also known as CHIPS). NSPM-33 and CHIPS require universities, including Vanderbilt, to take active measures to safeguard research. These initiatives have led to the creation of new rules and a closer review of international collaborations that may affect your work. Please follow the links to the right for more information, tools, and best practices to help manage these new research security requirements and expectations.

The Office of Research Integrity & Compliance tracks new research security regulations and can help you figure out how they apply to your work. Send questions to