Michigan Tech is committed to protecting research security while maintaining our core values, including openness and transparency. This program is compliant with National Security Presidential Memorandum 33 (NSPM-33) as required for all institutions with greater than $50 million of federal research funding per year. Components of this program include cybersecurity, foreign travel security, foreign visitors, research security training, export control training when appropriate, and other security programs.
As stated in Policy 1.09-Information Security Compliance, Michigan Tech will take a University-wide approach to information security to help identify and prevent the compromise of information security and the misuse of University information technology by which all University faculty, staff and students must adhere when handling information. It is Michigan Tech's policy for the university network to be compliant with NIST 800-171 and to follow our institutional Information Security Plan with defined information security roles and responsibilities.
Michigan Tech has a comprehensive foreign travel security program that includes both international travel by University personnel and foreign nationals hosted at the University.
Foreign travel by university personnel is covered by the International Travel Policy (under revision). This describes the required approvals for international travel, the internet device loan program offered by Information Technology Services, and screening of destinations in accord with the Research Security and International Collaboration Policy.
Michigan Tech incorporates research security training into our training for the responsible conduct of research. Federal research security training will be included when available for all relevant personnel, including relevant students. Security awareness training is an important part of Michigan Tech's overall IT security and compliance initiatives; employees are required to complete annual training and insider threat training has been incorporated into these materials. Additional security training may be provided when required, such as in the event of a security incident.
Michigan Tech has an active export controls program. There is a university-level technology control plan and we use CITI export control training for all relevant personnel conducting R&D subject to export control restrictions and elsewhere as appropriate, including prior to some international travel.
International Collaboration Policy
Michigan Tech is committed to supporting international collaborations and partnerships as an important and necessary component of the research enterprise. The Research Security and International Collaboration Policy defines our basic principles and highlights sources of information that is available on foreign institutions. It also highlights procedures for screening of individuals and institutions.
Foreign Influence on Research Activities
Michigan Tech and all other US educational institutions must comply with federal reporting and disclosure requirements. Michigan Tech’s Conflict of Interest Policy (Board of Trustees Policy 4.7 Conflict of Interest Policy) and Procedures (Faculty Handbook Appendix B) require the disclosure of activities that may create a financial conflict of interest or more generally a conflict of commitment, whether compensated or not, to your immediate supervisor and, under some conditions, to the conflict of interest coordinator.
Any external support or engagement that you would acknowledge in a presentation or publication must generally be disclosed in funding applications and through the University's conflict of interest procedures. Visit Foreign Influence on Research Activities for more information.
National Security-Related Research
Michigan Tech will pursue projects that may have national security-related publication restrictions or prohibit foreign nationals from working on a project. The conditions under which we will accept such restrictions is outlined in the Foreign Nationals and Research Security Policy.
Frequently Asked Questions
National Security Presidential Memorandum 33 (NSPM-33) established national security policy for U.S. Government-supported R&D. The purpose
of NSPM-33 is to strengthen protections of U.S. Government-supported R&D against foreign
government interference and misappropriation,
while maintaining an open environment to foster research discoveries and innovation that benefit the United States and the world.
Michigan Tech is committed to protecting research security while maintaining our core values, including openness and transparency. Components of Michigan Tech's Research Security Program include cybersecurity, foreign travel security, foreign visitors, research security training, export control training when appropriate, and other security programs.
If you have questions about NSPM-33, please contact Ramona Englund.