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Export Control for Universities

Within the global environment of research, universities can be impacted by the legal definition of an export:

An export is  “Any item that is sent from the United States to a foreign destination"
Disclosure of certain items/information to certain non-U.S. persons is also considered an export

"Items" include, "commodities, software or technology, such as clothing, building materials, circuit boards, automotive parts, blueprints, design plans, retail software packages and technical information.” according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

There is a "fundamental research" exception available to university researchers (PIs).

However, both the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. State Department define a number of research circumstances that are not eligible for this exception.

Work not considered "fundamental research" requires a license from the federal government prior to the release of “items” - data, equipment, or specifications - to non-U.S. persons.   

Export Control Regulations apply to:
  • The transfer, or “export” of specified items or information to people or entities outside the United States;
  • The disclosure of certain information to certain foreign nationals inside the United States (often called a “deemed export”);
  • The training or offering of services involving controlled equipment or information to foreign nationals; and
  • Transactions with, or providing services to, certain foreign countries or individuals who are on the denied entities/persons lists.

Four common areas impacted by Export Control at ISU:

1. Foreign Travel - "Out of Country" travel must be reviewed in advance to ensure your destination and/or the people you plan to visit have no related federal restrictions.

Foreign Travel Export Control Review Process

2. Foreign National/Non-U.S. Person Employment at ISU

Foreign Person Approval Process

3. Shipping to international destinations

Export Control International Shipping Process

4. Purchasing from International sources

All international vendors must be cleared through Restricted Party Screening to ensure they are not banned as a procurement source.  

Whether the purchase is made with purchase card or purchase order, the vendor should be prescreened by contacting the Export Control Office, either by email to or by calling 208-282-1336 or 282-2618.  A vendor that fails an export control clearance should not be used for ISU purchases.

Required info for vendor screening:

  • Business name*
  • City and Country of office that will handle the order
  • A link to a website is not enough, please isolate a physical address
    *Product names are not necessarily business names


ISU Export Control Officer

Deb Easterly, Assistant VP
Research Outreach & Compliance




Visit ROC'sCITI Training pagefor Export Control training 



       Export control laws and
       have several purposes:

  • To restrict exports of goods and technology that could contribute to the military potential of US international adversaries;
  • To prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction;
  • To advance US foreign policy goals; and
  • To protect the US economy and promote trade goals

       Source: Council on Governmental
                    Relations (COGR)


U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Exporter Portal

Export 101 Training (Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce)



Research Outreach & Compliance  (ROC)

Contact Our Office:

Deb Easterly
Assistant Vice President for Research Outreach & Compliance
Phone: (208) 282-2618
Serving as ISU's
Research Integrity Officer
Export Control Officer   
Physical Address:
Business and Technology Center
1651 Alvin Ricken Drive, Room 107
Pocatello, ID 83201

Mailing Address:
921 S. 8th Ave., Stop 8046
Pocatello, ID 83209-8046


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209
(208) 282-4636

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