Guidelines to improve the security of international research cooperation

A number of guidelines and checklists exist to improve the security and integrity of international cooperation at state level and at the level of individual entities (higher education institutions and research organisations). They support stakeholders in research and innovation in weighing up risks and opportunities in their cooperation with international partners.

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Annotated collection of guidelines for knowledge security

The DLR Projektträger publishes an annotated collection of guidelines, checklists and comparable documents as a reference. The collection is intended to support European stakeholders in research and innovation in their efforts to secure international cooperation.

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The most recent update of the annotated collection was carried out in 2022. The collection covers a total of 40 recently published or updated guidelines and comparable sources from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the USA, the European Commission, and the OECD.

Development process of the guidelines

In order to facilitate the task of finding and assessing appropriate recommendations, an analysis of recently published and publicly accessible documents to secure international cooperation in research was first carried out and published in 2021.

The publication was presented in two parts: an annotated collection of a total of 26 country-agnostic and country-specific guidelines, checklists, and other relevant documents, as well as a meta-checklist compiling guidelines and guiding questions from nine selected documents. The documents were chosen for their level of detail in covering aspects or partial aspects that have to be considered by stakeholders of the European science and technology landscape when building and maintaining international research cooperation projects. By pooling the information provided in these documents and thus combining expertise from several different countries and institutions, the meta-guidelines aim to cover most relevant aspects for safe and mutually beneficial cooperation. The document makes no claim to completeness, but is instead intended to make the access to guidelines and checklists easier for users.