This publication presents the Staff Working Document on tackling R&I foreign interference. Foreign interference occurs when activities are carried out by, or on behalf of, a foreign state-level actor, which are coercive, covert, deceptive, or corrupting and are contrary to the sovereignty, values, and interests of the European Union (EU). EU Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) can benefit from a comprehensive strategy for tackling foreign interference that covers key areas of attention grouped into the following four categories: values, governance, partnerships and cybersecurity. The document contains a nonexhaustive list of possible mitigation measures that can help HEIs and RPOs to develop a comprehensive strategy, tailored to their needs.

European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Tackling R&I foreign interference : staff working document, 2022,

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Tackling R&I foreign interference. European Commission Staff working document