New website offers logistical support for global research, scholarship

By Erin Crews | Emory Report | May 14, 2014

The Office of International Affairs has announced the launch of a new Global Program Support (GPS) website this week.

Developed in collaboration with the Emory Global Health Institute, the site provides a central online resource with guidance on the logistics of conducting global research and scholarship. The site includes information about travel abroad, hosting international visitors on Emory's campus, key administrative contacts around the university, and establishing in-country operations, among other topics.

"I'm very excited that the GPS website and other improvements we're working on with the Office of Business Practice Improvement will make it easier to do international work at Emory," said Philip Wainwright, vice provost for international affairs. "By pulling internationally related policies and information together in one place, this site creates a front door for Emory faculty and staff doing important global work. I hope this is just the first of some significant improvements we can make in this area in the coming months."

The new site reflects a number of procedural changes related to paying foreign nationals and traveling to high-risk countries, which were recently implemented by the Office of the Controller and the Office of Quality and Risk:

  • W-8BEN forms, Emory's compliance statement, and the foreign-source statement can now be submitted electronically. Details »
  • Emory travelers are no longer required to pay additional International SOS fees for travel to Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan or North Korea.
  • The process for booking travel to Cuba has been updated to reflect relaxed U.S. travel restrictions.

Wainwright expects that additional policy changes to streamline procedures and reduce paperwork will be implemented over the course of the summer.

Visit the new GPS site at global.emory.edu/support.