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ARCHIVED - Foreign Grants - Definitions

The following definitions are applicable to foreign applicants. For a complete listing of definitions of terms commonly used by the NIH, please see

1. Foreign Grant - A grant or cooperative agreement supporting biomedical or behavioral research awarded to a foreign institution or international organization.

2. Foreign Institution - An organization located in a country other than the United States and its territories that is subject to the laws of that country, regardless of the citizenship of the proposed PD/PI.

Exception: American University of Beirut is considered a domestic (U.S.) institution for purposes of Facilities & Administrative costs and cost sharing and is exempt from the requirements of a review by the U.S. Department of State. It is considered foreign for all other purposes.

3. International Organization - An organization that identifies itself as international or intergovernmental and has membership from, and represents the interests of, more than one country, without regard to whether the headquarters of the organization and location of the activity are inside or outside of the United States.

4. Foreign Component  - The performance of any significant scientific element or segment of a project outside of the United States, either by the grantee or by a researcher employed by a foreign organization, whether or not grant funds are expended. Activities that would meet this definition include, but are not limited to, (1) the involvement of human subjects or animals, (2) extensive foreign travel by grantee project staff for the purpose of data collection, surveying, sampling, and similar activities, or (3) any activity of the grantee that may have an impact on U.S. foreign policy through involvement in the affairs or environment of a foreign country.  Foreign travel for consultation is not considered a foreign component.

5. Foreign national - An individual of non-U.S. origin who is neither a citizen, nor a permanent resident alien, nor of protected status in the United States (granted asylum).

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