Export Controls

Syracuse University (the University) strives to generate, preserve and disseminate new ideas, insights, and knowledge through the conduct of research and other scholarly activity. The University educates its students and supports scientific progress through the discovery of new knowledge while serving as a responsible steward of sponsored funds.  The University’s culture is built on the principles of academic freedom and open exchange of knowledge while at the same time adhering to federal laws and regulations governing the exchange of research materials and results that are subject to export control regulations. Failure to comply with export laws and regulations can lead to both institutional and individual civil and criminal penalties.

What constitutes an Export?

According to federal law and regulation (Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)), certain types of technology (see examples in the “Commerce Control List”) may not be exported to other specific countries, or may only be exported with a license.

Since restrictions vary with country and technology, careful analysis is required to determine if an export license is needed. Please contact OSP if you are contemplating bringing any technology, including laptop computers, to foreign locations.  OSP, with the PIs assistance, will conduct an analysis using the “Export Control Decision Tree” see below) to make a determination regarding applicable exceptions and/or the need for a license.  If a license is not required because an exception is available, OSP will provide appropriate guidance to assure the University and traveler’s compliance with relevant federal laws and regulations. Since licenses can take up to six months to issue and the analysis is also a time consuming process, please let OSP know as soon as possible of your plans.

Export Control Decision Tree

This Decision Tree is designed to assist the process of determining whether export licenses may be required for the conduct of a project, or if it may be covered by documented exclusions.  When answering the Decision Tree questions, if any of your responses indicate to “Obtain export license,” please contact Stuart Taub, Director of Sponsored Programs, at (315) 443-9356 for further review.

Government Regulatory Offices & Materials

 U.S. Department of Commerce – Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS):

Export Administration Regulations (EAR)

Commerce Control List (CCL)

Recently Published Regulations

U.S. Department of State – Directorate of Defense Controls:

International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

United States Munitions List (USML)

U.S. Department of Treasury – Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC):

Sanctions Programs and Country Summaries

List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons


Still have questions about Export Controls related to sponsored projects?

Contact Stuart Taub, Director of Sponsored Programs, at (315) 443-9356