International Research Support & Guidance
International scholars and scholarship enrich all aspects of our academic enterprise; and international exchange, collaboration, and travel are key to our staying at the leading edge of knowledge. University of Minnesota Regents Policy directs that “The University has a responsibility to ensure, to the extent possible, respectful and ethical engagement with people, places, and ideas around the globe.”
To support these engagements and our culture of academic freedom and ethics, the University provides a variety of resources relating to research integrity and transparency, disclosure and management of potential conflicts, hosting non-US students and scholars, travel abroad, developing international agreements, and compliance with trade controls.
In the News
Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Announces Academic Outreach Initiative - June 28, 2022
Matthew Axelrod, the Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, released a memo outlining the new Academic Outreach Initiative that is aimed at helping academic research environments guard against the unauthorized foreign acquisition of information. The initiative will prioritize academic research institutions with the highest risk profiles and assign outreach agents that act as point of contacts for those institutions. These outreach agents will help institutions conduct background briefings on foreign partnerships and will conduct trainings that cover the effect of export controls in academic settings. This initiative comes in the wake of a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) which stated that export enforcement agencies should take a more rigorous and systematic approach with risk assessments and outreach to universities.
US Government to 'Wind Down' Its Research Collaborations With Russia - June 13, 2022
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently announced a decision to cease the development of new government-sponsored research collaborations with institutions and individuals affiliated with the Russian government. Existing federal research collaborations are expected to continue until completion. Please direct any questions regarding the announcement to the University's Export Controls Office.
Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Amends Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) - June 9, 2022
The Biden Administration has made it a goal to increase support for the Cuban people, and recently announced a relaxation of certain sanctions. Changes to the CACR include travel authorizations for professional meetings and conferences in Cuba, travel authorizations for certain group "people-to-people" educational purposes, and an increase in the amount of money that may be remitted to qualifying relatives and others in Cuba. Please direct any questions regarding the CACR and today's changes to the University’s Export Controls Office.