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Decision Tree Question 1

Are you conducting fundamental research? Before you answer, please consider your project in light of what fundamental research is and is not based on the guidelines below.


Fundamental Research means basic and applied research in science and engineering, where the resulting information is shared broadly within the scientific community.

The Fundamental Research Exclusion applies only to the dissemination of research data and information, not to the transmission of material goods.

The Fundamental Research Exclusion is DESTROYED IF the university accepts any contract clause that:

  • Forbids the participation of foreign persons;
  • Gives the sponsor a right to approve publications resulting from the research; or
  • Otherwise operates to restrict participation in research and/or access to and disclosure of research results.

A project that involves technology with military applications or one that could be considered dual-use is high risk for export control restrictions. If you are uncertain, please continue to move through the decision tree or contact Jane Burns ( or James Andes (

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