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New Research Management System (RMS) Proposal Certification Form (PC Form) Assurances for Foreign Influence

Published March 29, 2021

Effective immediately new assurances are being added to the PC Form. These assurances are being added as required by some federal agencies as well as WashU’s need to report on international activities and collaborations in our grant applications.

A general assurance will be required for grant applications to all sponsors to disclose all (whether foreign or domestic) Current & Pending Support, resources and all academic, professional, scientific, or institutional appointments, employment, research oversight, teaching courses or student advisory activities.


An additional certification is required for all NASA applications regarding restrictions on funding activities with China as well as a prior approval requirement for Chinese Nationals participating on the project.

Department of Energy (DOE):

An additional certification is required for all DOE applications regarding Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs (FGTRPs) or Other Foreign Government Sponsored of Affiliated Activities (FGSAA).

DOE also requires a prior approval process for foreign nationals working in DOE projects.


When a Department Administrator (DA) generates the PC Form the new general assurance will be included on the signature page. DAs should obtain signatures and upload to RMS per normal process. For DOE And NASA proposals the DA will need to click the icons in the PC Form to get the additional certifications. Signatures should be obtained and documents should be uploaded into RMS in the “WU Full Review Docs” tab with the Signed PC Form – Other Attachments.

The Office of Sponsored Research Services will allow the old version of the PC Form for grant submissions through May 1st, 2021. Beyond May 1st, 2021, the new version of the PC Form will be required.

The new assurances can be found on the Proposal Certification Form Assurances for Foreign Influence webpage.

Please share this with all faculty and staff who may need this information.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Sponsored Research Services.