Undisclosed working relationships between scholars in U.S. institutions and non-domestic entities (e.g., universities, companies, and governments) have increasingly been of concern to American science agencies. To support faculty in the required federal funding agency disclosures and to assist faculty in addressing any potential conflicts, the Office of Research and Innovation has developed the Global Activities e-Disclosure (GAED) web-based form to supplement other required disclosures. The FAQs below are intended to address some of the common questions that faculty may have while completing their disclosure. Step-by-step instructions on completing and editing the GAED form are provided in the Global Activities e-Disclosure job aid. For more information on the MSU’s implementation of the form, please see the Provost and VPRI letter. Disclosure requirements by agency, including examples of what must be included, can be found on the Current and Pending/Other Support Requirements by Sponsor webpage. If you have questions about how the disclosure should impact a specific project, please reach out to your assigned team in Office of Sponsored Programs at the proposal or negotiation stage or email@example.com in CGA at the award stage. Questions as they overlap with the Faculty Conflict of Interest Disclosure form should be directed to: FCOIIO@msu.edu.
When does the GAED need to be completed?
We encourage initial completion of the form by March 8, 2021, and annually thereafter. The form must be completed or edited within thirty days of acquiring any new resources or relationships with any non-U.S. entities or any change in current global activities.
Do I need to disclose any
of my collaborations or affiliations with entities that are located within the U.S.?
In some cases, non-domestic entities may have operations or locations within the U.S., and these would need to be reported. Some examples may include:
- An individual who is not a citizen of the U.S. who is residing within the United States
- A legal entity created under the laws of one or more non-U.S. governments, such as a company incorporated in another country that has locations or operations within the United States
- Any subsidiaries, affiliates, or agents of non-U.S. governments or legal entities
- A domestic entity acting on behalf of non-U.S. government or entity
Do large, well-known international collaborations, such as IceCube, ATLAS, and JINA, need to be disclosed?
Involvement in these types of collaborative groups should be disclosed except if the collaboration is funded under a Sponsored Program that was reviewed by OSP or Business Connect (BC). An acceptable way to simplify adding the Global Activity would be to name the collaborative group and provide a link to a site that identifies the collaborators. In order for MSU staff to understand and consider potential advice, the information referenced should be displayed in English.