Canada announces National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships

July 13, 2021
The Government of Canada has announced that it has released the National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships, which is meant to protect Canadian research and intellectual property from foreign interference, espionage, and theft. The guidelines take into account national security when considering research partnership development, evaluation, and funding. The guidelines will be applied immediately: High risk projects will not receive funding, while medium and low-risk projects will be required to put risk mitigation measures in place. “By requiring that risk assessments be submitted with research funding requests, these new mandatory guidelines will help protect Canadian research, knowledge and intellectual property,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “We will not take chances with Canada’s national and economic security.” The Globe and Mail (Sub Req) | Canada (National)