Exports include the shipment or transfer of equipment, articles, services, or encryption software to another country as well as the transfer of technical data or information to a foreign national, whether it occurs in the US or abroad.

Boston University is committed to complying with all United States export control laws and regulations, including those implemented by the Department of State through its International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Department of Commerce through its Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the Treasury Department through its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

The ITAR govern materials, technologies and software specially designed for military applications. The EAR govern dual-use items, technologies and software with commercial and military applications. OFAC governs economic and trade sanctions in support of US national security and foreign policy objectives.

Most research at universities, including Boston University, is fundamental – in other words, unrestricted research. Fundamental research is basic and applied research in science and engineering, where the resulting information is ordinarily published and shared broadly within the scientific community. The techniques used during the research are normally publicly available or are part of the published information. For example, university based research on vectors for salmonella typhi which is published broadly is considered fundamental research and uncontrolled. It is not considered fundamental research when there are restrictions placed on the outcome of the research or restrictions on methods used during the research. This includes proprietary research; industrial development; design, productions and product utilizations the results of which are restricted or government funded research that specifically restricts the outcome for national security reasons.

Violation of export control laws and regulations can result in significant civil and criminal penalties for the University and for the individual researchers involved.

Learn More: See the Provost memo on Export Control.

New Researchers: Click here to complete recommended Export Control training prior to engaging in research.

When to Contact Us

Please contact the Export Control Office within Research Compliance if any of these scenarios pertain to your research, or for help in determining US Munitions List or Commerce Control List classification.

Traveling with technology to embargoed countries; External parties, non-disclosure or confidentiality agreement; Defense article or technical data on the ITAR's US Munitions List; Sharing could support nuclear proliferation or biological warfare; Sponsored agreement with publication restrictions; Sharing, transferring or carrying item on the EAR's Commerce Control List

Traveling Abroad

Shipment/Transport Questions to Answer

To determine the applicability of export licensing requirements, you should review the following steps. If, after this review, you have any questions, please contact the Export Control Officer. It is important to clearly identify what you are exporting, to whom you are exporting it, and the purpose for which it will be used.