Guidance for Research Organizations, Funders, and Universities

Research organizations, funders, and universities play a significant role in diversifying and strengthening Canada’s research ecosystem by conducting and funding research projects and partnerships that contribute to our country’s social and economic well-being. The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that these organizations and academic institutions have the support and tools necessary to safeguard their work, and the work that they support, from foreign interference, espionage, theft, and unauthorized knowledge transfer.

This page offers information and guidance that can be used by research organizations, funders, and universities to develop tailored and effective research security policies and best practices.


Guidance for Research Organizations and Funders on Developing a Research Security Plan

This guide provides research organizations and funders with guidance on how to exercise research security due diligence by developing and implementing a research security plan that establishes a process for the identification, assessment and mitigation of national security risks in a systemic, consistent, and documented manner. While the focus of this document is on research organizations and funders, the principles and practices outlined within this guide can be applied and adapted – when necessary – to inform the development of security plans for organizations that support or engage in other related activities including training, technology transfer, or business development. For more information, consult the Guidance for Research Organizations and Funders on Developing a Research Security Plan.

Safeguarding Research in Canada: A Guide for University Policies and Practices

In June 2023, the U15 Group of Canada’s most research intensive universities published the document Safeguarding Research in Canada: A Guide for University Policies and Practices. This publication provides a collection of suggested institutional guidelines based on best policies and practices at the institutional level for safeguarding research from the risks in global research engagement. Read the Safeguarding Research in Canada: A Guide for University Policies and Practices for the full guidance.