Off-Campus Research

What to know

  • Research enumerated in the USML under ITAR is not considered fundamental when it occurs outside an accredited institution of higher learning in the US 
  • Research enumerated in the CCL under EAR is considered fundamental in any setting if there are no publication restrictions and no restrictions on who can participate in the research
  • Regulations differ between off-campus research within the US and off-campus research outside the US

Examples of off-campus​​​ research subject to export control restrictions

  • MIT researchers working on research technology topics enumerated on the USML at a commercial lab
  • Researchers design a circuit board under fundamental research conditions. They send it to be manufacturered by a commercial company who slightly modifies the design. The circuit board as manufacturered is now controlled under EAR.

Examples of off-campus​​​ research not subject to export control restrictions

  • MIT researchers working on fundamental research at a commercial lab if there are no publication restrictions and no restrictions on who can participate in the research
  • MIT researchers working on fundamental research in Russia if there are no publication restrictions and no restrictions on who can participate in the research

Need help?

Contact MIT Export Control Officer, Janet C. Johnston, by email at exportcontrolhelp@mit.edu, by phone at 617-253-2762, or in person at NE18-901