The More You Know: Working with Foreign Collaborators and Submitting a Foreign Justification

If a proposed NIH project involves activities outside of the United States or involves partnerships with international collaborators (whether or not grant funds are expended), applicants are required to submit a foreign justification. Please note that the foreign justification requirement is in addition to the standard requirements of a budget justification, LOI, and SOW for foreign subcontracts. Activities that might meet this definition include the following: Human subject or vertebrate animal involvement at a foreign site Collaborations with investigators at a foreign site Use of facilities/equipment at a foreign site Extensive foreign travel by grantee project staff for data collection, surveying, sampling, etc. An activity of the grantee that may have an impact on U.S. foreign policy through involvement in affairs or environment of a foreign country Applicants should select “yes” in response to whether an applicant’s project has international collaborators or whether the project involves a foreign component. Upon answering “yes” on the questionnaire, NIH and other PHS applicants

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When and How to Include a Foreign Justification

If a proposed NIH project involves activities outside of the United States or involves partnerships with international collaborators, applicants are required to submit a foreign justification. Please note that the foreign justification requirement is in addition to the standard requirements of a budget justification, LOI, and SOW for foreign subcontracts. Applicants should select “yes” on the questionnaire in response to whether an applicant’s project has international collaborators or whether the project involves a foreign component. NIH provides a standard definition of a foreign component here. Upon answering “yes” on the questionnaire, NIH and other PHS applicants must include a “Foreign Justification” attachment within the “Other Attachments” section of the questionnaire. This attachment should detail the unique characteristics or required resources of the proposed project that dictate the need for a foreign site or collaboration over a domestic one. NIH requires that this file be named “Foreign Justification” and contain a header within the body text also titled “Foreign Justification.” Instructions for

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