Definition of International Activities for the Purpose of International Program Proposal Review

Proposals to support MIT activities taking place in a location outside the United States, regardless of whether the sponsoring entity is a U.S. or foreign entity, require review by the office of the Vice President for Research. This review applies to:

  • Proposals to a foreign sponsor, of any type, for support of MIT activities taking place in the United States. These include non-research and fellowship proposals for support from international corporations, governments, or non-profit entities.
  • Proposals that include activities performed by a subrecipient or subcontractor in a location outside the United States, regardless of whether the subrecipient or subcontractor is a non-U.S. entity.
  • Proposals that include statements of work describing collaboration with non-U.S. entities, even though the non-U.S. entity may be providing its own funding. However, review is not required if the proposal simply includes letters of collegial support by international researchers conducting activities in related areas.
  • Proposals to support MIT-organized conferences in a location outside the United States. However, review is not required simply because the proposal includes travel to an international conference organized by a professional society or other non-MIT entity.