What is research security?
The ability to identify possible risks to a researcher’s work through unwanted access, interference or theft and enact measures that minimize these risks and protect the inputs, processes and products that are part of scientific research and discovery.
Definition source: Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), Government of Canada.
Why protect your research?
International collaborations are fundamental to our research enterprise. They enrich the research experience, bring diverse ideas together and help partners strengthen the impact of their work for the benefit of society. Given the current geopolitical climate, it is vitally important to understand that some partnerships involve risk and steps should be taken to protect your research and intellectual property.
What is McMaster’s approach?
The Office of the Vice-President, Research (OVPR) is here to support faculty members and administrators as they navigate evolving government research security guidance, including grant proposals. McMaster recognizes the value of international research collaborations in advancing our individual and collective research discoveries. The OVPR team is here to support your efforts and ensure McMaster’s research remains secure and competitive on the global stage.
All McMaster researchers are encouraged to take steps towards protecting their research. Here are some guides and resources to help.