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Export Controls

Export Controls
Export Controls
- Export License Decision Tree -

Sharing Input Under a Non-Disclosure Agreement
or a Confidentiality Agreement from a 3rd Party


      Question #4:

Did an external sponsor, vendor, collaborator or other third party provide, under a Non-Disclosure Agreement or a Confidentiality Agreement*, the item, information or software to be shared, shipped, transmitted or transferred?

YES       NO


   *    A reminder about NDAs and similar confidentiality agreements:

University of Vermont (UVM) faculty may be asked to accept confidential, proprietary, or export controlled data or material as part of a research project subject to a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) signed by both the discloser and the recipient. NDAs may include licensing agreements which limit or prohibit the disclosure or transfer of the licensed data or materials.

NDAs and similar confidentiality agreements should always be reviewed by Sponsored Project Administration or the Office of Technology Commercialization and signed by an authorized UVM official.

If you accept confidential or proprietary information subject to a Confidentiality or Non-Disclosure Agreement, and the disclosure restrictions affect your ability to publish research results, the research itself will lose its characterization as "fundamental research" for export control purposes. Should the research entail information or software identified on US export control lists, and you wish to have foreign nationals participate in the research, you may be required to obtain an export license.

Of course, if the confidential data pertains to such information as personal health, income, or other demographic data that does not have a strategic significance (and is thus not identified on US export control lists), then export control restrictions on foreign national participation would not apply.

If you have any questions about this, please contact Victoria Jones, Research Integrity Compliance Officer or Brian Prindle,  Executive Director, Research Administration.

This material is adapted from the basic design and content of Stanford University's Decision Tree. We appreciate Stanford in granting us permission to use its content for the benefit of the University of Vermont.

last updated 11/9/17

Last modified November 09 2017 02:44 PM

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