Collaborators and funders
The University is committed to providing an effective environment for our academic community and their world-renowned international research activities. Unfortunately, some of our research and its outputs have the potential to be misused when exported.
In order to protect the University and the work we do, we must comply with export controls. Many research activities will not be subject to export controls, if they are, they may simply require a licence to continue – it’s unlikely that any activities will be suspended. However, in order to continue with your work safely and ethically, you must check if it is subject to export controls by following the guidance below.
Under new government regulations, all international researchers who are subject to UK immigration control (apart from exempt nationalities) coming to the UK as a visitor to the University will need to apply under Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) before they begin any research subject to ATAS. If the research focus is changed at any time a new ATAS certificate will be required. Researchers who have a valid visa and were employed by the University before 21 May 2021 do not need to retrospectively apply for ATAS approval.
Collaborations include contractual as well as informal verbal agreements for potential co-authorship, and collaborators also include potential co-authors of journal articles, reviews, book chapters, webpages, technical notes and any other publishable materials.
Please note: when planning a new project, or if the research focus is changed at any time, export controls checks must be made in parallel to starting applications for funding and before inviting visitors to the University, not afterwards.
Academic Technology Approval (ATAS) Scheme
What to do now scheme has expanded
Starting a collaboration
Support for researchers.
Collaborating with previously checked and cleared entities
Now you have your project details defined
Engaging with collaborators and funders
Using TEAMs, emails or other platforms?
Obtaining an export controls licence to work with controlled data
You will not require a licence to undertake controlled work if all your collaborators are UK based.
Sharing information with external collaborators
Before you transfer controlled data outside the UK borders, follow these steps.
Remote working and remote collaborations
Things to consider if your team members are working remotely during COVID-19 outbreak
Working with controlled items in the EU
What you need to do
Working with items imported from the US
The export controls regulations in the US differ to those in the UK.
Working with items imported from China
Export control regulations in China may apply
Making a declaration within the register of interests
The team can you help you adhere to University regulations.
Recruiting an international research assistant
Export controls may apply when recruiting for an international postgraduate researcher or a post-doctoral research assistant.