Importance of Export Control Compliance

A Message from the Interim Vice Chancellor for Research

UCI is committed to complying with U.S. export control regulations, which is why it continues to maintain an export control program designed to support and facilitate our faculty’s scholarly and creative activities while promoting compliance with U.S. export controls.

Because violations of U.S. export control regulations can result in personal and institutional liability, including fines and imprisonment, the Office of Research has created multiple resources to help inform and empower the campus community. These resources include an export control decision tree, export control videos, international shipping tools, sanctioned country guidance and international travel guidance. These resources and tools are intended to help members of the campus community address potential issues and help them identify when their activities are exempt from export control regulations.

Typical university transactions or activities can or may have export control implications, including:

  • Collaborating with a foreign institution, person or entity
  • Receiving controlled data, materials or research samples
  • Sponsored research awards which include publication restrictions
  • Foreign nationals’ access to controlled items or information
  • Shipping or hand-carrying equipment, items, samples or controlled data internationally
  • Transactions involving sanctioned countries such as Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria

It is the responsibility of every member of the UCI community to develop an understanding of export control regulations. If you have questions, need advice or require an export control review, contact Marci Copeland, Export Control Officer at or Nancy Lewis, Director of Sponsored Projects Administration at

James W. Hicks, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Chancellor for Research
Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

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