Trusted Research Toolkit: keeping our international partnerships safe


November 25th, 2021

The university has developed a Trusted Research Toolkit to support all researchers and colleagues who have international collaborations, particularly in STEM subjects, dual-use technologies, emerging technologies and commercially sensitive areas.

The toolkit is designed to protect our people and ideas and strengthen confidence in international collaboration.

The integrity of international research collaboration is vital to the continued success of the UK’s research and innovation sector. Yet personal and research data, sensitive information and intellectual property are all at risk from theft or exploitation from those with their own military, commercial and authoritarian interests.

The Trusted Research Toolkit helps researchers identify and manage such risks. It provides support and resources to enable University of Nottingham researchers to make informed decisions about potential risks from international collaboration.

If you are involved in international collaborations, please complete a project notification form, which will help identify potential risks and ensure support is available at the earliest stage of your project.

Find out more about the Trusted Research Toolkit and how to protect your international collaborations.

Professor Robert Mokaya, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement, said: “More than half of UK research is a product of international partnerships and a fifth of the world’s scientific papers are produced through international collaboration.

As a research-intensive university with a global outlook and campuses in the UK, Malaysia and China, our ambition is strengthen our international partnerships and amplify the impact of our discoveries across the world.

“The Trusted Research Toolkit helps safeguard our transformational discoveries from misuse, protects our people and reputation, and supports our researchers in pursuing exciting opportunities for international collaboration.”

For support, please contact the University Trusted Research Team.

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