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Have you made an important discovery or come up with an inventive idea? Contact CTL to explore what should be done before you disclose it to the public.

Material Transfers

Tangible research materials (TRMs) refers to tangible items produced during the course of academic activities and includes, among other things, biological materials such as clones, plasmids, gene fragments, DNA probes, hybridomas or other cell lines, transgenic animals and plant breeding materials.

Export Control

Please note export control laws are federal. U.S. government regulations for export control apply to the transfers of certain items, information and software to:

(a) any entity outside the United States; or

(b) foreign nationals anywhere, including inside the United States

These regulations are the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), as well as the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

For more export control information please visit and for help in determining how export controls affect your specific research activities from Ithaca-based campuses see the EAR and ITAR decision trees.

The contacts below may assist you with any matter regarding export control.

Ithaca-Based Campuses WCMC Campus

Manager of Export Controls

Mark Adams
Associate University Counsel

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