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Export Control Regulations: Best Practices for Navigating the Fundamental Research Exemption in Sponsored Research Projects

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Originally presented: May 07, 2019

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The often-misunderstood Fundamental Research Exemption (FRE) has a significant impact on university-based research and can result in inadvertent compliance gaps — especially when that research stems from a sponsored program. And in today’s political climate, as trade disputes and charges of IP misappropriation bring daily headlines and intense scrutiny, having your compliance efforts nailed down is more critical than ever before.

Among other rules, in order for research to qualify as Fundamental Research, the research must be conducted free of any publication restrictions and without any access or dissemination restrictions. The Fundamental Research Exclusion will be lost if a researcher or research office agrees to allow sponsors to review and approve publications or to control access to the project or project results.

To guide you in effectively addressing high-stakes export control compliance challenges, our  Distance Learning Division and Kay Ellis, MHR, Director of the Export Control Program at the University of Arizona, have teamed up to bring you this critical webinar:

Export Control Regulations: Best Practices for Navigating the Fundamental Research Exemption in Sponsored Research Projects

This one-hour distance learning program will define the fundamental research exemption and explain the framework around it within Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Join us as we provide tips for educating faculty and handling contract clauses to ensure that the fundamental research exemption is preserved. Here is a brief overview of the program’s agenda:

  • What is fundamental research?
  • EAR and ITAR definitions of fundamental research
  • Limits to the FRE – where to draw the lines
  • Identifying variable that affect the FRE or nullify the FRE
  • Understanding contract clauses that are designed to preserve FRE status of sponsored research
  • Compliance tips for meeting FRE requirements

Meet your program leader:

Kay EllisKay Ellis, MHR, is Director of the Export Control Program at the University of Arizona. She provides export control training and has implemented campus-wide procedures to help ensure compliance with federal export control regulations. Prior to joining UA, she oversaw the export control programs at Oklahoma State University and the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Ellis is a member and former Board Member of the Association of University Export Control Officers and the National Council of University Research Administrators. She has been a speaker at numerous professional conferences and webinars, authored for NCURA Magazine, and has co-authored export control training modules for the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Program.

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