An International Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is an agreement that lists areas of possible joint activities, without creating financial obligations or committing resources. The purpose of an MOU is to acknowledge a formal, ongoing and strategic relationship between institutions that is intended to be long term, or to support a grant application.

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Review and approvals needed at CU Boulder:

  • Review and approval of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation. Please familiarize yourself with Research Integrity and Regulatory Compliance standards, including Export Controls. You can find information on this subject here.
  • If funded research, approval by the Office of Contracts and Grants is required.
  • Send to the Office of International Education for review and sharing with the Office of Export Controls, and forward to University Counsel. 
  • University Counsel approval (if the parties use the template approved by university counsel, the approval process is quick and straight-forward).
  • Review and approval by the Office of the Provost.
  • Signature by the Chancellor Designee or Provost.


Dependent on time of year; such an agreement can be approved in as little as a month.  Non-standard language requires additional time for review.

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