DOD Guidance

Last updated 12-8-2020

On March 20, 2019, the Department of Defense issued a memo which outlines the requirements of the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes provisions that: 

  • Support protection of intellectual property, controlled information, key personnel, and information about critical technologies relevant to national security; and
  • Limit undue influence, including through foreign talent programs, by countries that seek to exploit United States technology within the Department of Defense research, science and technology, and innovation enterprise.

Current Support for Key Personnel:

Proposers to new and ongoing DOD (Department of Defense) research projects (pertaining to research and research-related educational activities; optional for other types of grants) are required to submit the following information for all key personnel, whether or not the individuals' efforts under the project are to be funded by the DOD (e.g. ONR, federal, state, local or foreign government agencies, public or private foundations, industrial or other commercial organizations):

  • A list of all current projects the individual is working on, in addition to any future support the individual has applied to receive, regardless of the source.
  • Title and objectives of the other research projects.
  • The percentage per year to be devoted to the other projects.
  • The total amount of support the individual is receiving in connection to each of the other research projects or will receive if other proposals are awarded.
  • Name and address of the agencies and/or other parties supporting the other research projects.
  • Period of performance for the other research projects.

This information will be used to identify and limit inappropriate foreign influence, including foreign talent programs, in DOD research projects.