Collaborations overseas can take many forms; with the most common being study abroad, student exchange and research or service programs. Although faculty are often at the forefront of relationship-building with outside institutions, once collaborations are ready to be formalized through binding agreements or memoranda of understanding, University units should follow standard approval protocols defined by the University’s by-laws.
Refer to the Guidelines on Agreements and Contracts Outside the U.S. for further details on the different types and considerations for each.
When a potential collaborating entity is not well known to your department or to the University, the department must thoroughly review and vet it.
The Potential Partner Organization Vetting - Assessment tool is one resource to assist the vetting process.
For sponsored projects, A Risk Assessment prior to Subaward might be required. For additional information, see Review and Submission of a Sponsored Project Proposal: Additional Approvals and Certifications – Subawards (Chapter VI, Section E (10) of the Sponsored Projects Handbook) and the University’s Policy on Sponsored Project Subawards.