​Introduction

It is the position of Howard University Office of Regulatory Research Compliance that research conducted by the faculty, staff, and students of the Howard University is in the public domain and considered fundamental research, as that term is defined in export control legislation promulgated by 
the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of State. Most Howard University research will therefore be exempt from export control licensing requirements. However, where export control regulations are applicable to our research activities, the University requires full compliance with the law. 

Export controls and trade sanctions are the United States laws and regulations that regulate and restrict the release of critical technologies, software, equipment, chemical, biological materials and other materials, and services to foreign nationals and foreign countries for reasons of foreign policy and national security. 

These laws apply to virtually all fields of science and engineering and restrict the shipment, transmission or transfer of certain commodities, software, technology, data and services from the U.S. to foreign countries. Deemed exports, i.e., the release of controlled information to foreign nationals located in the U.S., are also restricted under these laws and regulations. Export control laws apply to all activities - not just sponsored research projects. 


An export is: 

  Shipment of a controlled commodity, equipment, material, or software outside 
  of the U.S. 

  Disclosing controlled technology or technical data to a foreign national,
  whether in the U.S. or abroad

  Performing technical assistance or defense services for or on behalf of a
  foreign national, whether in the U.S. or abroad

  Exports within the U.S. are considered to be a "deemed" export to the foreign
  national's home country


What are Export Controls? 

Export Controls are federal laws that govern how technology, technical data, technical assistance, and items or materials (from software to satellites and more) are physically or electronically exported, shipped, transmitted, transferred, or shared from the U.S. to foreign countries, persons, or entities. 

These laws protect national security and U.S. foreign policy interests, prevent terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and preserve U.S. economic competitiveness. Penalties for violating these laws can be severe, both for the individual researcher and the university.  


Export Controls
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Office of Regulatory  Research Compliance 

Howard University
HU Research Bldg 1
1840 7th Street, NW
Suite 309
Washington, D.C. 20001

Phone: (202) 865-8597
Fax:     (202) 232-5286

ORRC is located directly across  from the Howard University  Shaw Metro  on 7th Seventh St.(Georgia Ave) on the third floor       of  the Howard University    Research Building-1.

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