Export Controls

U.S. export control regulations matter to you if:

  • You teach courses — on campus or on the web
  • You perform research
  • You plan to travel outside the United States.
  • You need to ship items, software or information internationally 
  • You're paying someone in another country for items, services, or to reimburse expenses

In addition to controlling international shipments of tangible items, these regulations control the transfer of technical data or technology to non-US persons anywhere — even in the US, even on the MIT campus. Their intent is to avoid equipping enemy forces, proliferating WMDs, missiles, and nuclear capabilities, or supporting terrorism.

MIT's mission is to transfer information through education and create new information through research. Policy 14.2 (Open Research and Free Interchange of Information) requires that foreign faculty, students and scholars not be singled out for restriction in their access to MIT's educational and research activities, and that MIT not undertake research on campus whose results may not be published without prior permission.

As a corporation chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, MIT is committed to comply fully with all applicable laws and regulations, including the export controls. The program described here is designed to support MIT's mission and policies while assuring compliance with the export control regulations.

There are pages for export controls basic concepts, advanced topics, examples, and resources including training.

Note: this program applies to MIT's academic campus. MIT Lincoln Laboratory operates separately as a Federally-Funded Research and Development Center under contract with the US Air Force.

If you have any questions, please contact Janet Johnston, Export Control Officer, Office of Sponsored Programs, at 253-2762, via e-mail at jcjohnst@mit.edu, or stop by NE18-901.

Download a PDF of all the content contained in this website section on Export Controls. Updated November 2015