As a premier research university in the United States, Princeton University supports the free dissemination and open publication of research results. As a result, Princeton University research projects qualify for the fundamental research exclusion to export control regulations. Although academic research activities at the University qualify for the fundamental research exclusion and therefore are not subject to export control regulations, there are certain situations in which the export of tangible items, technical and scientific data, or software is either prohibited by law or requires an export license or other government approval.
Throughout this section of the website, you will find a summary of export control regulations as they apply to University faculty, staff, and students. The term export controls includes the laws and regulations that govern the export of any item or technology from the United States to a foreign country or to non-U.S. persons. It is important to be aware of export control regulations because violations can expose both you and the University to civil and criminal penalties. United States government export controls apply to the following:
- Shipments of items or articles to overseas destinations
- Transfer of technical data to non-U.S. persons within the United States
- Interactions with persons for whom restrictions have been put in place by the United States government (debarred parties)
- Transactions with countries subject to United States government sanctions and embargoes