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The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) continues to support academic freedom and the ability of researchers and scholars to communicate, exchange ideas and collaborate with the brightest minds around the world to advance knowledge and the application of that knowledge to benefit all nations. However, we also understand that we have an ethical obligation to protect U.S. research investments from undue foreign influence and to address and mitigate risks to the security of intellectual property and the integrity of peer review.

In compliance with all applicable federal regulations and guidance, as well as The Texas A&M University System's regulations and TEES rules and procedures, TEES researchers must provide their federal sponsors with accurate reporting of all sources of research support, financial interests and affiliations.

TEES uses a disclosure system hosted by Huron Research Suite which centralizes Foreign Collaboration disclosures, Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) and Conflict of Commitment disclosures, as well as Faculty Consulting/External Employment approval requests.

  • Foreign Collaborations: Federal sponsors require notification regarding any funded research projects with a foreign sponsor or paid or unpaid foreign collaborations for publications. Ongoing foreign collaborations must be disclosed on the proposals. New collaborations can be disclosed at the next Post-award Disclosure for funded projects.
  • Financial Conflicts of Interest: Annual disclosures required under 15.01.03.E1 Financial Conflicts of Interest in Sponsored Research and TAMUS Regulation 15.01.03 Financial Conflicts of Interest in Sponsored Research were previously submitted in Maestro. Going forward, all new disclosures will be completed in Huron. This includes disclosures that need to be updated, and disclosures as they expire in Maestro.  
  • External Employment: Approval requests required under 31.05.01.E1 Faculty Consulting and External Professional Employment and TAMUS Regulations 31.05.01 Faculty Consulting and/or External Professional Employment and 31.05.02  External Employment will no longer be submitted through a Laserfiche Form. Approval will now be requested via the Huron Pre-Approval Request module and will route for approvals within Huron. 

For additional information regarding research security and agency-specific disclosure requirements, please review the Research Security Office’s information on Global Research Engagement Risk Mitigation.

TEES Ethics and Compliance also provides outreach and reviews disclosures to assist researchers in meeting their obligations to federal sponsors.