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Fundamental Research

Cornell conducts only research that qualifies as fundamental research.  This is defined as basic and applied research in science and engineering that is ordinarily published and shared broadly within the scientific community (EAR 734.8(a)).

Research will not be considered fundamental research if there are restrictions on the publication of scientific and technical information resulting from the project.

This is distinguished from “proprietary research” and from “industrial development, design, production, and product utilization, the results of which ordinarily are restricted for proprietary reasons or specific national security reasons” (EAR 15 CFR §734.8)

ITAR further limits fundamental research to research conducted at institutions of higher learning in the U.S. (22 CFR § 120.11 (a)(8)).

Bona fide Employee Exemption (limited use for Cornell faculty)