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Purdue’s Research Security Program

Purdue University’s research security program is designed to protect intellectual capital, prevent research misappropriation, and ensure responsible management of U.S. taxpayer dollars while maintaining an open environment to foster research discoveries and innovation. The program promotes transparency, addresses conflicts of interest and commitment, provides training and information on research security, and implements processes to assess and manage potential risks associated with collaborations and data. The program includes cybersecurity, foreign travel reviews, research security training, export control training, and disclosure guidance.

Research security pertains to all Purdue research, including fundamental research and to officers, faculty, staff and students who are engaged in research at or on behalf of the University and any other individuals helping to conduct research at Purdue. This term includes graduate students, undergraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, fellows and visiting scholars. This program applies to Purdue personnel.

Protecting the Research Enterprise

All federal research funding agencies must improve and safeguard the research enterprise under White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) National Security Presidential Memo-33 (NSPM-33) direction. Purdue and other institutions receiving over $50M in research and engineering funding must have a Research Security Program.

The US government has set forth several requirements that Purdue must comply with, which are intended to help ensure that our affiliations are protected against undue foreign influence.

Mandatory Research Security Training and Certification

Purdue is requiring any faculty members involved in federally-funded research to complete research security training and a foreign talent recruitment plan certification by Sept. 1. This mandatory training is necessary in order to satisfy new federal requirements that are intended to safeguard the academic research enterprise against the misappropriation of U.S. research and development.

Researchers who are applying for NSF or DoD federal funding will be required to certify that they are not a participant in a Malign Foreign Talent Recruitment Program during the proposal submission. The new requirement will be implemented by NSF on May 20, 2024 and by DoD on Aug. 9, 2024.

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Purdue’s Research Security Program Focus Areas


Purdue employees who participate in federally funded projects must complete and update disclosures to their federal sponsors and Purdue disclosures. Learn about Purdue disclosure requirements on these sites: Reportable Outside Activities and Conflict of Interest.


New basic cybersecurity safeguards will be instituted for federally funded research in the next year. In the interim, be sure to review cybersecurity requirements in proposal guidance and award agreements.

Contact Purdue IT for guidance and questions at: IT Customer Service Center (

Digitally Persistent Identifier: ORCID ID

ORCID ID is a digital persistent identifier used by Purdue University that your work is discoverable and connected to you throughout your career. ORCID ID ensures proper attribution and automates syncing with other profiles and ScienCV saving you from entering repetitive data.

If you do not already have ORCID ID, get started here.

Export Controls Training

Online export control training is available through the CITI program. Training is required for personnel to participate in a controlled project, however anyone interested may take the training. 

International Travel

Foreign travel reporting will be a new federal requirement in late 2024-early 2025. Traveling abroad is an integral part of our international collaborations.

It is important to be aware of US sanctions and restrictions when traveling.

If you have any questions or concerns prior to travel, please reach out to

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