Research Integrity - Export Control Regulations | Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) | The University of Vermont(title)

Export Controls are a set of laws and regulations that regulate the distribution of export controlled technology, equipment, software, information, or services to a foreign person or to a foreign country.

Export Control Regulations


See which U.S. Agency oversees What Export Control Regulation (EAR, ITAR) (PDF)

UVM Export Control Policy


All University of Vermont faculty, staff, students, trainees, visitors, and other persons retained by or working at or for UVM involved in research and scholarly activities or activities are subject to the UVM Export Control Policy (PDF).

Why Export Control Compliance is Important

The United States, like most countries, has laws which control the export of certain strategic tangible and non-tangible items.

  • Export control violations can result in civil and criminal penalties which may apply to an individual and/or the institution up to $1 million and/or 20 years of imprisonment, per violation.
  • Administrative Penalties include loss of export privileges or suspension and debarment from government contracting.
Sponsored Project Administration and Export Control Reviews

At time of award, SPA Award Acceptance Officers will review awards for identifiers that would have the project be subject to export control regulations.

All projects identified by SPA with possible export control concerns are referred to the Office of Research Integrity for a final determination.

If a project is deemed subject to export control regulations, a Technology Control Plan (TCP) and Training of all project staff must be completed prior to the release of the awarded funds.

A Technology Control Plan (TCP)

If UVM’s Research Compliance Officer or Executive Director determines that the sponsored project activity is subject to any of the export control regulations, establishment of a Technology Control Plan (TCP) or other certification document will need to be generated.

The Technology Control Plan details the export control classification, restriction on release of information, physical and information security protocols, project personnel requirements and other requirements to ensure all parties understand their obligations.

Fundamental Research Exemption

Fundamental Research Exemption Matrix (PDF)

There is one exception that benefits researchers who are conducting research with the intent of publishing and sharing their results with other researchers. It is called the Fundamental Research Exemption.

To qualify for a Fundamental Research exemption, the following needs to be evident in the award:

There should be no publication restrictions. A sponsor “review and comment” (not approval) of a publication is not considered a restriction.

  • There should be no foreign person restrictions.
  • The scope of research work should be basic or applied.
  • The work must be done at a U.S. accredited institution of higher learning in the U.S.
  • There is no specific national security controls on the research or results.
Export Control Training
  1. Export Control Compliance Training is available to UVM personnel through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program.
    • Introduction to Export Compliance (ID:16800)
    • Export Compliance for Researchers: Part I (ID:16801)
    • Export Compliance for Researchers: Part II (ID:16802)
  2. The Office of Research Integrity can provide a brief overview of Export Control Regulations and UVMs sponsored project review process and procedures to individuals or groups interested in obtaining an introduction to the basics of export control.
    • To schedule a presentation of this session at your next departmental or college meeting, please contact Victoria Jones, LL.M., Research Compliance Officer, at
  3. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) provides seminars on export controls related to commodities covered by the Export Administration Regulations. A schedule of export control seminars available  through BIS is located at the following BIS Online Training Room website.
Visual Compliance Software

Visual Compliance is a web-based export control management tool that is useful for conducting the following export control compliance functions:

  • Restricted parties screening;
  • Locating Federal Regulations on export controls;
  • Searching the ECCN and USML; and,
  • Assisting in license determinations.

Research Integrity has a license to use Visual Compliance to assist in export controls compliance at the University of Vermont.

To schedule a Visual Compliance review contact Victoria Jones, LL.M., Research Compliance Officer, at

What You Need to Do

If you find yourself about to engage in a research activity related to export-controlled (EAR, ITAR) items please contact Victoria Jones, LL.M., Research Compliance Officer, at


Contact Research Integrity

Victoria Jones

Research Compliance Officer

Brian Prindle

Executive Director for Research Administration and Integrity

Updated 5/4/22