Export Control Laws are a set of federal regulations that restrict the release of certain items, information and software to foreign nationals in the United States and abroad. Compliance with export control laws is the responsibility of all Cornell personnel.
During Proposal Preparation
If your project includes foreign activities, including travel, collaboration with consultants or subcontractors (here or abroad), or overseas shipments, contact your GCO or the Export Controls Officer as early as possible. They'll help determine if additional steps need to be taken to ensure that the project is carried out as seamlessly as possible. The GCO may advise that consultation with other Cornell offices (i.e. Global Cornell, the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, or the Export Controls Office) is necessary or helpful to the success of the project.
During the term of the award, foreign activities may arise that must be vetted for export control concerns. For example, international shipments and foreign travel should be processed in accordance with the links at the bottom of this page.
In addition, access to proprietary or controlled information by a foreign national, must be reviewed and approved by the Export Controls Officer, prior to such access occurring.
- The Export Controls Office provides training on Export Controls to individuals or groups interested in learning the basics of export control. To schedule a presentation at your next departmental or college meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Department of Commerce - Export Administration Regulations: The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) offers a series of online training seminars on export controls related to commodities covered by the EAR.
Who can Help?
Note: Penalties for non-compliance with export control laws are severe and impact both the institution and the researcher. If an export control violation is determined by an investigating agency, an individual may be subject to civil and criminal penalties, and Cornell may be subject to, among other penalties, debarment from government contracts.