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Research Security

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. Below are some guides and resources to help.

In the News

Know the Risks, Protect Your Research

These resources offer information, guidance and best practices to help the academic community familiarize themselves with research security and risk.

Research Security & Grants

These risk assessment forms and resources can help you in preparing grant applications.

Due Diligence & Mitigation of Risk

These resources can help you identify, assess and develop mitigations for research security risks.

Cybersecurity, Information Security & Data Management

These resources provide guidance on securely managing your data and information and protecting your research from cyber threats.

Travel Security & Awareness

These guides can help ensure you travel safely and securely.

Events & Training

Information Box Group

Tri-Agency Webinar on STRAC Policy

The federal granting agencies are committed to providing Canada’s research community with the most up to date information and best practices designed to reduce research security risks. This webinar provides guidance with regards to the implementation of the Government of Canada’s Policy on Sensitive Research and Affiliations of Concern (STRAC).

Webinars in English: 
Thursday May 9 1pm -2:30pm EDT –  Register
Tuesday May 28 11am-12:30pm EDT – Register

Webinars in French: 
Monday May 6 11am-12:30pm EDT – Register
Thursday May 30 1pm-2:30pm EDT – Register

Government of Canada Research Security Centre Webinars Register Here

May – June 2024

  • Module 1 | Safeguarding Science: Raising Awareness of Security Risks and Mitigation Tools in Research Environments
  • Module 2 | Dual-Use Technologies: Know Your Research – Know your Partners – Assess the Risk
  • Module 3 | Demystifying the International Student Immigration Process
  • Module 4 | Know before you export: Canada’s export and brokering controls

Past Events