Research

Is the conduct of the research subject to export controls?

Each of the export control regimes provides for university research to be conducted outside their control — but each takes a slightly different approach.  MIT’s policies and OSP reviews are designed to ensure that all research on the MIT campus qualifies as fundamental research that is excluded from export controls. This allows MIT to comply with export control regulations while assuring that “foreign faculty, students, and scholars not be singled out for restriction in their access to MIT's educational and research activities” as required by MIT’s Policy 14.2 Open Research and Free Interchange of Information.

Is the result of the research subject to export controls?

The intellectual product of fundamental research (publishable results) is excluded from export controls.  Tangible products of fundamental research (prototypes, materials, some software) are not excluded.  These items may require authorization for export from the US. 

Does the research use equipment, materials, software or information subject to export controls?

Items and technology developed outside MIT are subject to export controls, and remain subject to these controls even if used in fundamental research.  All ITAR controls and some EAR controls <link to use of restricted items page> restrict participation by faculty, students, and scholars of some nationalities, conflicting with MIT’s Policy 14.2 Open Research and Free Interchange of Information.  When the research is compelling, there are no alternatives, and the research can still be structured to qualify as fundamental research, researchers can request an exception to this policy from the VP for Research and Associate Provost, but should be aware that exceptions are unusual and rigorously evaluated.

For more detail, continue to Research on Campus,  US Research Off Campus, or Research Outside the US.