The vast majority of research that we conduct at TAMU-CC is defined as “fundamental research” (i.e. funded research which is neither subject to publication and/or citizenship restrictions) and is covered under the Fundamental Research Exclusion (FRE). Under the FRE, foreign nationals may participate in the research, subject to two restrictions or exceptions.

Restriction 1: TAMU-CC may, on rare occasion, conduct research that are subject to foreign national deemed export requirements. These programs fall outside the coverage of the FRE. If the research award or contract is approved, restricted projects may require that researchers and staff operate under a Technology Control Program (TCP) which documents required export control safeguards. In certain cases, foreign nationals may be authorized to participate in the export controlled research based on obtaining a specific export license for that individual and his/her research activity.

Restriction 2: In addition, our researchers may use a variety of export-sensitive research equipment, software, and technology which, in certain circumstances, may also trigger foreign national restrictions, notwithstanding the fact that they are being used to pursue fundamental research in an otherwise open laboratory environment.

As a university, many activities fall under the Fundamental Research Exclusion (FRE). Research performed as fundamental research are not subject to export control laws and regulations. However, the FRE can be destroyed if the university accepts certain clauses that allows for sponsor restrictions on publication of scientific and technical information resulting from the project.

During research contract negotiations, the Office of Sponsored Research Administration will alert you to the potential for clauses that could have export control repercussions.

Review Process

Research proposals are screened for potential export control issues through Maestro.

If your research proposal is flagged for export control issues, funding will not be released until the compliance flag is cleared by the export control officer.