Research and Sponsored Programs

Export Controls

Export Controls are federal laws that govern how technology, technical data, technical assistance, and items or materials (from software to satellites and more) are physically or electronically exported, shipped, transmitted, transferred, or shared from the U.S. to foreign countries, persons, or entities.

These laws protect national security and U.S. foreign policy interests, prevent terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and preserve U.S. economic competitiveness.  Penalties for violating these laws can be severe, both for principle investigator(s) and the university. 

Export Controls apply to both exports and deemed exports:

  • Export includes transfers to non-U.S. persons involving an actual, territorial export.
  • Deemed export is a transfer to non-U.S. persons that takes place entirely within the United States. Accordingly, a student, researcher, or faculty member who is visiting the university from another country while on a visa is a non-U.S. person.

When export controls oversight may be required

Primary regulations pertaining to export controls