Science is a global effort, and CU researchers are encouraged to build their networks with scientists working at the leading edge of their field. At the same time, there are growing risks associated with certain foreign institutions, and as a university, we are expected to know the foreign collaborators associated with CU research.
Research collaborations with faculty and scholars at foreign universities generally present few issues to research security and will not require export licenses unless there is an exchange of export controlled or restricted technology involved. Unfortunately, there is a growing number of foreign universities and organizations, centered in just a few adversarial countries, for which U.S. universities must be diligent to identify and mitigate risks to the integrity of the research, to avoid conflict with U.S. government funding conditions, and to prevent violations of U.S. law.
Prior to engaging in the substance of an international research collaboration, the Office of Export Controls will assist the CU researcher to verify that there are no foreign individuals or organizations involved that have been identified as a restricted or sanctioned entity, including those identified on the Department of Commerce's Entity List or Military End-User List, as well as the Department of Treasury's Specially Designated National or Blocked Persons List.