International partnerships significantly enhance faculty research capacity, benefit the broader community, and are crucial for the sustainability and advancement of research.

With international research collaborations rapidly expanding and the geopolitical environment constantly changing, many partnerships have certain risks associated with them. As such, researchers have a duty to be aware of any potential risks to national security and to mitigate them.

The Government of Canada’s policy on research security encourages the research community to take steps to safeguard their research, and has developed tools and guidelines for researchers and organizations to consider as they interact with their international partners.

The following resources are available to faculty members to assist with understanding and mitigating these risks.

Government of Canada:
Research Security Training Courses
Safeguarding Your Research
Building Security Awareness in the Academic Community
National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships

Universities Canada:
Mitigating Economic and/or Geopolitical Risks in Sensitive Research Projects
Travel Security Guide for University Researchers and Staff

Ontario’s Universities:
Safeguarding Research at Ontario’s Universities

Canadian Security Intelligence Service:
Protect Your Research
CSIS and Research Security