Office of the Provost
Gifts from Foreign Entities
Researchers may be presented with gifts from foreign entities, which may include donations of money, property, or resources. There are important considerations and requirements depending to whom the gift is presented.
Gifts to the University
If any employee receives a gift in connection with their research, this should be reported to University Advancement for proper handling. The Department of Education requires the University to report gifts received from foreign sources, with financial penalties for failing to report.
If the gift is intended to support the employee’s research, the University and the researcher may have additional reporting requirements to applicable research sponsors. The University may need to disclose the gift as “Other Support”.
Gifts to Individuals
An employee may need to disclose an individual gift per the University’s Faculty Conflict of Interest and Commitment Policy. You can also reference the Conflicts of Interest or Commitment, Gifts and Solicitations section of the University of Rochester Code of Conduct for direction on personal gifts. For individual gifts, foreign gifts above a minimal value (currently $415 or less) should be reported.
For more details on all of these guidelines and policies, download our International Research Guidelines PDF.