There is a license exception that can be used for items that researchers may take abroad. The License Exception for temporary exports/reexports (TMP) includes laptops, PDAS, and other digital storage devices, items controlled under the EAR. When those items (and related technology and software) are being used for professional purposes, returned within 12 months, kept under effective control of the exporter while abroad (i.e., kept in a hotel safe or other secured space or facility), and other security precautions are taken against unauthorized release of technology (i.e., use of secure connections, password systems, and personal firewalls), the TMP License Exception may apply. The TMP License Exception might not apply if items are shipped or carried to OFAC-sanctioned countries. It also does not apply to items, technology data or software regulated under ITAR.
If you have any questions about the use of the TMP exception, please contact ORSP to confirm, as this exception requires that records be kept of their use.