Necessary export control steps are in place to help protect you, and MSU, during the course of your research. Not completing these steps may slow down the processing of your award and increase risk.
Michigan State University is required to comply with a variety of U.S. Government statutes and regulations dealing with export controls and trade sanctions (ECTS). ECTS has developed the on-line Export Control and Open Research Review Worksheet (ECORRW) to help identify export controlled technologies or materials found on the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) list, and/or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) list, and to identify research activities planned with international entities that may be subject to trade sanctions. All PIs and other project personnel are individually responsible for compliance with export controls and trade sanctions.
The following links contain resources for export control policies and procedures within the University.
Why is it incredibly important to follow export control guidelines?
To understand that items, data, and/or information does not need to leave the country to be considered exported.
To know that legal liability may be imposed for violation of export control laws and regulations. Violators may
incur both criminal and civil penalties. The Arms Export Controls Act (AECA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) provide that willful violations of the defense controls can be fined up to $1,000,000 per violation, or ten years of imprisonment, or both.
To be aware of instances where export control guidelines were not followed. Examples of non-MSU related export control findings are common. One example can be found here.
The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after October 4, 2021. Significant changes include:
A new section covering requests for reasonable and accessibility accommodations regarding the proposal process or requests for accessibility accommodations to access NSF’s electronic systems, websites and other digital content;
Increasing the page limit for the biographical sketch from two to three pages;
Updates to the current and pending support section of NSF proposals to require that information on objectives and overlap with other projects is provided to help NSF and reviewers assess overlap/duplication;
Adding planning proposals and Career-Life Balance supplemental funding requests as new proposal types;
Updates to travel proposals will require that AORs certify that prior to the proposer’s participation in the meeting for which NSF travel support is being requested, the proposer will assure that the meeting organizer has a written policy or code-of-conduct addressing harassment.
You are encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG.
NSF plans to conduct a webinar covering these changes. Visit the NSF policy outreach website
to sign up for notifications about this and other outreach events.
While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on October 4, 2021, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 20-1) continue to apply.
If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the DIAS/Policy Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean Feldman Head, Policy Office Division of Institution and Award Support Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management
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