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My study involves foreign grants and contracts.

NHLBI Policy on Foreign Grants mirrors NIH 

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
the United State's medical research agency, a federal government agency composed of diverse Institutes and Centers that conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research. NIH Homepage.
policy.  The Fogarty International Center ( FIC ) is the international component of the NIH.  FIC is involved in the foreign clearance process for grants from a foreign institution or for domestic grants that will utilize foreign sites for the conduct of the research.  The process for obtaining foreign clearance can take a considerable amount of time.  It is recommended that you begin discussions with your Program Official (PO) 
Program Official (PO)
staff member who oversees a scientific program and the progress of grants and contracts in a portfolio. This title is most frequently used to refer to the scientific or technical representative for grants, but the generic "program official" term also may refer to a Project Officer 
Project Officer
the NIH staff member designated as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) to coordinate the substantive aspects of an acquisition from its development through to contract award and administration. Also known as Contracting Officer's Technical Representative ( COTR ).
if the funding mechanism is a contract. Also known as Health Scientist Administrators or Program Director.
early in the process if your grant 
financial assistance mechanism providing money, property, or both to an eligible entity to carry out an approved project or activity. A grant is used whenever the NIH Institute or Center anticipates no substantial programmatic involvement with the recipient during performance of the financially assisted activities.
or contract has an international component.

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