Limitations of the Fundamental Research Exclusion

The University of Florida is a public institute of higher education whose mission consists of education, research and service. As a large, comprehensive, land-grant, research institution and a US institute of higher education, most research, teaching, or service at the University of Florida will appropriately fall under the fundamental research exclusion, the publicly available/public domain exclusion, the education exclusion or a combination of the three.

In order for research to fall under the fundamental research exclusion the following conditions must be met:

  1. No publication restrictions have been accepted as part of the associated sponsored research agreement or outside of the sponsored research agreement either verbally or in writing.
  2. No foreign national restrictions have been accepted as part of the associated sponsored research agreement or outside of the sponsored research agreement either verbally or in writing.
  3. The scope of the project constitutes either basic or applied research as defined below:
    • Basic Research is undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge without any particular application or use in mind.
    • Applied Research is conducted to gain the knowledge or understanding to meet a specific, recognized need.
  4. The scope of the project does not constitute development as defined below:
    • Development is the systematic use of the knowledge or understanding gained from research directed toward the production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods, including the design and development of prototypes and processes.
  5. The research project must be conducted at a US accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.