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Research & Development Services
U.S. research and development services exports generated $42.5 billion in 2018. Research and Development encompasses both R&D at the university level and at the industry level. Promoting research collaboration strengthens our economic development through innovation, workforce development, and attraction of foreign direct investment.

Research and Development Services

U.S. Research and Development

Overview


U.S. research and development services exports generated $42.5 billion in 2018. With an estimated $8 billion trade surplus in research and development services exports, there is room for the United States to continue its global outreach in this area. 

The education sector is a critical element of our trade relationships with countries worldwide. Promoting research collaboration strengthens our economic development through innovation, workforce development, and attraction of foreign direct investment. Research and Development encompasses both R&D at the university level and at the industry level. 

The United States government controls the export of sensitive equipment, software, and technologies in order to protect our national security interests and foreign policy objectives. The export control system consists of two primary sets of export control regulations: The Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). EAR regulates “dual-use” technologies that can be used for both civilian and defense purposes, while ITAR regulates the export of defense-related articles and services.

Since research universities conduct over 60 percent of the fundamental research performed in the country, export control regulations are extremely important to faculty, researchers, and students involved in the conduct of research. The controlled export of items, software, technologies, and equipment impacts the conduct of scientific research at U.S. universities

Our Goal

Our goal is to engage the research and development and technology transfer offices at U.S. institutions of higher education to increase their awareness of ITA and U.S. Commercial Service resources, as well as other resources within the Department of Commerce, including:

If you would like to learn more about U.S. Department of Commerce resources, you may listen to a free recording of a webinar entitled “U.S. Department of Commerce Resources for U.S. Educational Institutions” at the following link here.

If you would like to connect with us and be made aware of upcoming opportunities, whether they be events, webinars, or leads related to open foreign government tenders, please contact Jennifer.moll@trade.gov. 

How We Can Help Your Institution

We work to help connect you to opportunities for research partnerships with foreign institutions of higher education as well as leads for related foreign government released procurement opportunities.

The Advocacy Center (https://www.trade.gov/advocacy-foreign-government-contracts) provides assistance to U.S. institutions bidding for foreign government contracts. 

Educational institutions involved in R&D also need to be aware of export regulations and compliance.  The U.S. Commercial Service can connect these institutions with appropriate contacts from other DOC offices or federal agencies such as BIS, Treasury, and the State Department.

    Recent Notice: Designation and Determination Pursuant to the Foreign Missions Act (Oct 2019). 

Upcoming Events

Additional Resources

For questions, or to be added to our email list, please contact:

Jennifer Moll
Research & Development Sub-Team Leader
Global Education Team
Jennifer.moll@trade.gov