Fieldwork by Layton ThompsonWhen working with new UK and overseas partners it is important that a rigorous risk assessment is undertaken. Many of the College’s main funders (including UKRI and the Wellcome Trust) require lead institutions to carry out appropriate due diligence checks on third parties who undertake activities funded by a grant.

To assist with the early identification of potential risks, PIs should complete the two-page ‌Relationship Review Questionnaire and Guidance [PDF] which considers a broad spectrum of financial, reputational, ethical and geo-political risks involved in new relationships.

The Questionnaire should be completed as soon as the relationship is established and before a project is awarded so any mitigating actions can be taken, such as making appropriate changes to the research sub-agreement and the Department’s project management plan. Completed questionnaires should be submitted to the Research Office for independent assessment to rs.compliance@imperial.ac.uk. A summary of the risks identified, and some recommended mitigating actions will be provided to the PI, Department and Faculty Contracts Teams.

A comprehensive Toolkit is available to guide PIs and Departments through the considerations and potential challenges of working with overseas partners at Pre and Post-Award, and provides best practice advice, guidance and further recommendations for developing and managing international relationships.