Research Security Office


Emory is required to have a research security program as we receive more than $50 million in annual federal research funding. The Research security program at Emory aims to provide ongoing support to researchers to continue and enhance international research affiliations, engagements, and collaborations. We realize that navigating the many regulatory requirements related to foreign travel, disclosure compliance, and data protection measures, to name a few, can be cumbersome and challenging. Our team is here to help and assist so Emory’s global research footprint can continue to expand and flourish.

Frequently Asked Questions

Emory is required to have a research security program as we receive more than $50 million in annual federal research funding. Our Research security program aims to provide ongoing support to researchers to continue and enhance international research affiliations, engagements, and collaborations. We realize that navigating the many regulatory requirements related to foreign travel, disclosure compliance, and data protection measures, to name a few, can be cumbersome and challenging. Our team is here to help and assist so Emory’s global research footprint can continue to flourish and expand. 

Contact researchcompliance@emory.edu for questions related to international research collaborations, visiting students or faculty, consulting activities you may consider undertaking, planning foreign travel for business purposes, etc.  

Generally, no. Communicating with your collaborator about a potential international collaboration is not a concern; however, once you decide to pursue it, contact researchcompliance@emory.edu.

Not at all. Emory encourages international collaboration while recognizing the need to fulfill obligations from funding agencies and other U.S. government entities. Our goal is to address risk and when needed, put measures in place so that your collaboration can move forward.

No, research security compliance applies to any international collaboration. Further, implementation guidance from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy states that “it is essential that the policies and consequences must be applied without discrimination in any way, including with respect to national origin or identity.” 

At this time, research activities and projects conducted in Russia and/or with Russian entities need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please contact researchcompliance@emory.edu for more information.

Our Team

Deepika Bhatia, MSBME, CCRP, CHRC, CHPC, CCEP

Deepika Bhatia is the Associate Vice-President for Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, and the Chief Security Officer for Emory University

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Deepika Bhatia

David W. Sundvall, BA, MBA

Assistant Director, Research Security

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