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Foreign Collaborations

In general, collaborations between Cornell University faculty and scholars at foreign institutions or organizations do not require export licenses unless they involve export controlled or restricted research, or the research involves scholars in sanctioned countries.  The University needs to determine if export licenses are required and to verify that the foreign individual and/or organization are not blocked or sanctioned entities prior to engaging in an international collaboration.

The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC) administers economic sanctions programs.  The current list of sanctions programs includes:

    Balkans-related
    Belarus
    Burma
    Core d’Ivoire
    Counter Narcotics Trafficking
    Cuba
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Iran
    Iraq
    Lebanon
    Former Liberian Regime of Charles Taylor
    Libya
    Non-Proliferation
    North Korea
    Somalia
    Sudan
    Syria
    Transnational Criminal Organizations
    Yemen
    Zimbabwe

These sanctions programs block assets and impose trade restrictions, restricting many transactions.  Any subcontracting or collaboration should be reviewed with the Export Controls Office and University Counsel.