Safeguarding Your Research

The ever-changing geopolitical environment calls for extra precautions to protect the security of your research, and intellectual property.

These tools are being provided to help you may remain vigilant and alert to potential threats.

If you have questions please contact

Notices and updates

The federal granting agencies are committed to providing our research community with the most up-to-date information and best practices to safeguard their research and to mitigate research security risks.

In support of this commitment, they have launched a new Tri-Agency Guidance on Research Security webpage.

Included in this webpage is the Tri-Agency Guidance on the Policy on Sensitive Technology Research and Affiliations of Concern (STRAC Policy), which describes the granting agencies’ harmonized approach to implementing the STRAC Policy. Detailed information, including the attestation form, procedures, resources, and frequently asked questions are now available. This webpage also includes Tri-Agency Guidance on the National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships, as well as a list of recommended research security resources. To learn more about the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s implementation of research security measures, please consult its dedicated guidance page

Those applying for or holding United States (US) federal government research funding or Ontario Research Fund funding should be aware of the potential negative effects of participating in FTRPs. In both cases the funders consider participation in such programs giving rise to potential conflicts of interest which may raise research security considerations and could lead to a denial of funding.

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Please be aware of the increased risk of malicious cybersecurity activity targeted at higher education institutions in recent weeks as a result of the increased geo-political tensions between Russian, Ukraine and Ukraine’s western allies (including Canada).

Find the measures Queen’s has in place to protect against such threats, and the actions you can take to further minimize risk.

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The Research Security Update is an open-source collation of information, produced by Public Safety Canada’s Safeguarding Science team, on issues considered relevant to Canada’s broad research security interests.

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The Government of Canada released a policy statement and initiated a process to establish guidelines and tools for assisting in adjudicating national security considerations of research partnerships. A Government of Canada-Universities Working Group has been tasked to develop recommendations.

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Catch up on the latest edition of the Research Security Quarterly newsletter from CSIS Academic Outreach & Stakeholder Engagement.

Research Security Guidance for Specific Funding programs

Everything you need to know about new measures to enhance research security in Canada and how it affects your research. Review the latest resources!


Tri-Agency Webinars: Policy on Sensitive Technology Research & Affiliations of Concern




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Tri-Agency Webinars: Policy on Sensitive Technology Research & Affiliations of Concern

The Tri-Agency is hosting webinars to provide guidance on the Government of Canada's Policy on Sensitive Research and Affiliations of Concern

View available webinars
Research Security Centre Webinars




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Research Security Centre Webinars

Public Safety Canada is leading a series of Research Security Awareness Sessions and Workshops.

View upcoming Research Security Centre Webinars

Research Security Town Hall

The Vice-Principal Research Portfolio held a town hall on March 19, 2024, to discuss the new STRAC Policy and the implementation strategy being taken by the University, as well as to provide a forum for researchers to have their questions answered about the potential impact of this policy on their research.

View video and slides from the session

Improving the Security of Canadian Research Investments Webinar

The Vice-Principal Research portfolio hosted guests from Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS); Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada  (ISED); and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for a 90-minute virtual discussion on Improving the security of Canadian research investments.

View video and supporting documents

Agreements and Contracts

Do you require an agreement or contract?

Research Legal Services in Industry Partnerships is responsible for the primary coordination, negotiation, and administration of research-related agreements and contracts for Queen's University and the affiliated teaching hospitals.

Researchers are encouraged to contact Research Legal Services at the earliest opportunity.

View the types of research and innovation agreements and contracts

Federal Policy Statement

The Government of Canada, in its commitment to establishing strong measures to protect and advance Canadian innovations, has issued various policy statements on safeguarding Canadian research.

Government of Canada Research Security Policy Statements

Safeguarding Your Research & Innovations

Information on how to safeguard your research and innovations.

Learn how to Safeguard Your Research & Innovations