cyber-looking lock indictaing securityA federal policy that took effect May 1 aims to safeguard research. Image by Дмитрий Симаков –

New research security measures take effect

Canadian researchers, including those at the University of Windsor, must now adhere to enhanced national security measures, under a federal policy that took effect May 1.

Researchers named on grant applications must comply with the Policy on Sensitive Technology Research and Affiliations of Concern. The new policy aims to safeguard cutting-edge research by mitigating security risks.

“Canada’s world-class research ecosystem is defined by excellence and its open and collaborative nature. This openness can make it a target for foreign influence that increases the potential for research and development efforts to be misappropriated to the detriment of national security,” the federal government said in unveiling the policy.

The Office of the Vice-President – Research and Innovation encourages research faculty to familiarize themselves with the new policy and guidelines. Training sessions on the new policy are ongoing.

For assistance from the Tri-Agency research security contacts, email NSERC at, CHIR at, or SSHRC at

For further information, visit the UWindsor Research Security website or contact Rahul Banerjee, research security co-ordinator, at