International Research

Industry-Sponsored Research Process

Georgia Tech is rapidly becoming a global university, with more than 120 research programs in many countries around the world. This international presence enables Georgia Tech discoveries and innovations to improve the lives of people in all corners of the globe. The Office of Industry Engagement oversees these international partnerships and programs and works closely with Georgia Tech researchers to ensure that new initiatives enhance the university’s global visibility and research mission.

Industry Engagement executes research agreements with foreign sponsors and manages the intellectual property generated through Georgia Tech’s international research efforts. If you are conducting international sponsored research — whether it be with industry, government, university, or a non-profit — the optimal pathway is to engage the Office of Industry Engagement as early as possible in the process. We can help you navigate all of the elements of international research to ensure that your collaborations can be as successful as possible.

Definition of International Research: Projects are considered international when sponsored by a foreign government or by a private entity based in a foreign nation, regardless of where the work is to be performed. International research generally falls into two categories: (1) Georgia Tech researchers employed by Georgia Tech-Atlanta working overseas and (2) Georgia Tech researchers working on the Georgia Tech-Atlanta campus on projects sponsored by foreign entities. Foreign sponsors may be foreign governments and governmental agencies, foreign universities, non-U.S. domiciled companies (defined as a company legally organized and originally incorporated under the laws of a foreign country), and non-U.S. non-governmental organizations and foreign public charities.

Proposal Development and Award Management Process

The Office of Industry Engagement plays an important role in helping international organizations understand university and federal regulations. Each foreign country has its own unique standard practices, particularly in regard to patent laws and intellectual property rights. Industry Engagement ensures that all international research projects comply with Georgia Tech and federal regulations. It is important to keep in mind that these special considerations (not to mention the time zone differences) may require extra time during the negotiation process.

Export Control: International sponsored research follows the same 7-step process used for domestic sponsored research, with one notable exception. Whether you are a Georgia Tech employee working overseas or a foreign national working at Georgia Tech, you will be required to comply with export control restrictions. It is strongly advised that proposals be submitted to the Office of Industry Engagement at least 3-5 business days before the sponsor deadline to allow for this review.

Facilities & Administrative (F&A) Costs: F&A Costs reimburse Georgia Tech for the costs associated with conducting research that cannot be charged to a single project. Such costs include buildings and facilities costs, utilities, and information technology infrastructure as well as department and central administrative costs associated with managing externally funded projects. In general, the industrial F&A rate applies to all international projects, including those funded by foreign governments and foreign government entities.

Special Considerations for International Research

For Georgia Tech employees conducting sponsored research overseas, there are special considerations that need to be taken into account.

  • Effort reporting
  • Export control
  • Student employment
  • Terms & conditions
  • Intellectual property ownership
  • Human resources issues, such as taxes and healthcare coverage

For specific questions about hiring foreign faculty and staff, export control, intellectual property concerns, international space leasing questions, etc., please reach out to the relevant point of contact.

Laws Regulating International Research

Georgia Tech employees conducting international research should also be familiar with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which makes it unlawful for assets to be transferred to a foreign official for improper purposes.

The Restrictive Trade Practices prohibit any U.S. citizen from refusing to conduct business with an individual or company subject to foreign boycotts that are not sanctioned by the United States.

Georgia Tech also adheres to federal law 18 U.S.C. 77 §§1581 et. seq. Peonage, Slavery, and Trafficking in Persons and all regulations that relate to this law.