International collaborations are increasingly prevalent and important to UTSA. The Contracts &Industry Agreements team under the Office of Commercialization and Innovation stands ready to facilitate faculty and staff international research collaborations. Like other universities, UTSA seeks more sophisticated international research collaborations.
International collaborations by their very definition have unique aspects that do not necessarily apply to U.S.-located projects. Besides obvious issues such as culture, language, and immigration and visas, issues such as export controls, insurance, liability, governing law, currency valuation, time difference/location, health and safety, security, and intellectual property are important consideration in the international context. Export controls, in particular, is a very important topic in research administration given the increasing frequency of international collaborations at UTSA and other universities. Potential export control issues should be addressed before a proposal is submitted to an outside agency or a contract is negotiated with another organization.
The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) handles export control issues and has excellent capacity to address the topic. Faculty and staff are advised to contact ORI in advance of proposal submission and project commencement to properly address export control issues in a timely manner.
The International Neighborhood of the National Council of University Research Administrators has several excellent links for international collaborations and international issues:
NCURA Global Page
NCURA Collaborate – Global Community
Additional questions concerning international collaborations can be directed to the Contracts & Industry Agreements team members.