Safeguarding Your Research

As part of a world-class research university, University of Alberta researchers regularly collaborate in international partnerships, developing innovative solutions to shared global challenges and fundamental research questions. The U of A is committed to safe and responsible research, commercialization and technology transfer collaborations.

New in 2024

  • The Government of Canada has released the implementation guidance for its February 14, 2023 policy statement on Sensitive Technology Research and Affiliations of Concern. As a reminder, that policy statement indicated that federal grant applications in a sensitive research area would not be funded if any of the participating researchers are affiliated with military, national defence or state security entities in countries posing a risk to Canada’s national security.

New in 2023

Now Available — Resources for Researchers

U of A employees can now view the new Safeguarding Research Office website to access additional information, guidance and resources.

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What is research security?

Research security refers to the efforts to safeguard research and researchers against activities which threaten intellectual property, national security, critical infrastructure and the integrity of the research ecosystem. These activities can include foreign interference, espionage, and unwanted knowledge transfer or theft.

Why is safeguarding research important?

Researchers must protect their research investments against threat actors seeking to acquire and exploit knowledge and data for their own advantage. Safeguarding your research means you retain control over when, where and how your research is shared, published and applied, while also contributing to Canada’s national security.

How you can safeguard your research

Research security is a shared responsibility, and your actions increase our collective resilience. The Safeguarding Research Office has the resources and information to help ensure your research is protected.

The Government of Canada is introducing new guidelines for researchers under the Policy on Sensitive Technology Research and Affiliations of Concern. Resources on how you can implement the policy will be coming soon from the Safeguarding Research Office.


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