Foreign Influence and Involvement in University Research

Stanford and other research universities have recently increased their scrutiny of research and financial transactions with domestic and foreign entities, particularly those that pose potential risks related to Export Controls or information security, or that raise concerns under federal regulations and university policies and practices, including the High-Risk Entities Protocol and the Memorandum on Foreign Influence posted on DoResearch.

Stanford University’s Vice Provost and Dean of Research has asked this policy lab to examine the University’s research policies relevant to these concerns, and, where appropriate, recommend policy changes. The questions raised, which pertain not only to Stanford but to all U.S. research universities, involve openness in research, academic freedom, the publication of research results, conflicts of interest, the reporting of gifts and grants, and the exchange of people and ideas with domestic and foreign collaborators to advance the frontiers of science.

The practicum will meet as a discussion seminar Wednesdays 10:30 – 12:30 PM.

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Paul Brest

  • Interim Dean
  • Professor of Law, Emeritus
  • Director of Law and Policy Lab
  • Interim Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance

Clients & Deliverables

Client: Stanford University Vice Provost and Dean of Research

Deliverables: Client briefing and report