Screening Process for Research Positions


Pursuant to Florida Statute 1010.35, UCF is required to meet certain screening requirements before offering a Research or Research Related Support Position to the individuals identified below. The information outlined below is meant to assist the UCF community in meeting these new requirements.

The screening process outlined below applies to:

  1. Foreign Nationals seeking employment in Research or Research Related Support Positions, including graduate and undergraduate students seeking such positions, and
  2. U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents seeking employment in Research or Research Related Support Positions, if the individual:
    1. Has an affiliation with an institution or program in a Foreign Country of Concern; or
    2. Has had one year or more of employment or training in a Foreign Country of Concern.

These requirements do not apply to U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents if the employment or training was/is through an agency of the U.S. Government. 


  1. Foreign Country of Concern:  The People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Cuba, the Venezuelan regime of Nicolás Maduro, or the Syrian Arab Republic.
  2. Foreign National: Non-U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident.
  3. Research: A systematic study directed toward fuller scientific knowledge or understanding of the subject studied.  Research includes all research activities, both basic and applied, and all development activities, including the training of individuals in research techniques.
  4. Research or Research Related Support Position (Research Position): These positions include:
    1. Faculty (including Adjunct Faculty),
    2. Graduate Research Assistants and Graduate Research Associates,
    3. Individuals compensated by the research grant or contract funds,
    4. Individuals hired through the Inclusive Excellence or partner hire recruitment programs to engage in Research,
    5. Interns engaged in Research,
    6. OPS positions engaged in Research,
    7. Paid Visiting Researchers, including Visiting Assistant Professors and Visiting Research Associates,
    8. Post Doctoral Scholars,
    9. Positions where the Individual is engaged in Research. 

To better assist the UCF community in identifying the impacted positions, UCF has compiled a list of job codes. This list can be accessed here.

Administrative positions that support the research effort (i.e., proposal teams, contract teams, accountants, compliance teams, HR, etc.) and students completing lab work or research as part of a class are not considered Research Related Positions.



Florida Statute 1010.35 Screening Form

Florida State Statute Screening foreign researchers.  1010.35.

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