Export Controls and International Research Collaborations

This webpage is intended to provide you with information on the export control regulations affecting research at Georgetown. This section contains links to the internal Georgetown University policies applicable to the conduct of research, as well as information from government agencies. All members of the Georgetown community are encouraged to remain knowledgeable about export controls and research compliance activities and should not hesitate to reach out to Mary Schmiedel, Senior Director, Office of Research Oversight at mary.schmiedel@georgetown.edu or at (202) 687-3911 with any questions or concerns.

Georgetown University, as a Catholic and Jesuit student-centered, global research university, is committed to creating and communicating knowledge. As such, the University is committed to the principles of academic freedom, non-discrimination, and global engagement. Research is ordinarily accomplished openly and without restrictions on participation or dissemination of results, and in compliance with applicable laws, funding agency requirements, and University policies.

Various export control laws apply to the University’s research and other scientific activities. These laws govern both the physical shipment/transfer of technology, materials, and data to other countries, as well as the release of technology and controlled information to foreign nationals located in the United States (these types of transfers are called “deemed exports”). Much of the research performed at the University is subject to the fundamental research exclusion and certain other exclusions; however, in certain circumstances, the regulations may require the University to obtain a license from the federal government before allowing foreign nationals to participate in activities involving specific technologies or before engaging in transactions with certain persons or countries. Violations of these regulations may result in the loss of research contracts, monetary fines, and/or imprisonment. Both the University and the individuals involved may be subject to the penalties.