Before entering into foreign engagements, you should always consult with MIT administrators who have subject matter expertise. MIT has many resources, including the VPR’s office, Research Administration Services, the Office of the General Counsel, the VPF’s office, the International Coordinating Committee, and others. If you are unsure of where to turn, please ask Kara DeNutte, Kelley Mahoney, or Jack Defandorf.
Although certain processes – such as Conflict of Interest submissions – are kept confidential, transparency and proactive communication will help you avoid problems. Section 4.4 of MIT’s Policies & Procedures states that “it is the policy of the Institute that its officers, faculty, staff, and others acting on its behalf have the obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial, or other conflicts of interest and to ensure that their activities and interests do not conflict with their obligations to the Institute or its welfare.”
The VPR’s web site has a good summary of the issues involved, and links to other useful information.