I tried creating my own version of the Thalan Contingency, trying to stay true to the concept of the Thalans in GC3. I selected the Xenophobic ability, but when I got into the game I noticed I wasn't receiving the bonus to research.
Here are some photos showing what I'm talking about:
As you can see from the second photo, the Xenophobic bonus is not showing up in the tooltip. Nor am I receiving the bonus.