Safeguarding Your Research

Global collaboration and engagement in research and innovation are central to Brock’s success. International collaborations help to connect diverse ideas and perspectives, and advance important research discoveries. International collaborations are a fundamental part of the work Brock researchers do to drive innovation and advance scholarship in a broad range of research areas.

Safeguarding Brock research is a top priority for the Office of Research Services. We continue to work with government agencies and granting councils to ensure research projects are conducted in accordance with security requirements while also remaining true to Brock’s values of openness and collaboration. The Office of Research Services is available to help Brock researchers navigate the evolving guidelines regarding research security. For more information on research security at Brock please contact Tyler Weaver.

The following resources will help Brock researchers take the appropriate steps necessary to protect their research.

Policy on Sensitive Technology Research and Affiliations of Concern (STRAC)

The new Government of Canada Policy on Sensitive Technology Research and Affiliations of Concern comes into effect in early 2024. For any grant application from a university that aims to advance a sensitive technology research area, research team members involved in the activities supported by the grant must not be affiliated with, or in receipt of funding or in-kind support, from a university, research institution, or laboratory connected to military, national defence, or state security entities that could pose a risk to Canada’s national security. For such applications, applicants will also be required to attest to their compliance with the policy. More information is available through the following links:

Policy on Sensitive Technology Research and Affiliations of Concern

Sensitive Technology Research Areas

Named Research Organizations

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Research Security

Safeguarding Your Research – Government of Canada

Guidelines and Tools to Implement Research Security – Government of Canada

Assessing Your Risk Profile – Government of Canada

G7 Best Practices for Secure and Open Research – Government of Canada

Policy Statements on Research Security – Government of Canada

Safeguarding Research at Ontario’s Universities – Ontario’s Universities

A Shared Commitment by Universities to Protect Ontario’s Research – Ontario’s Universities

Safeguarding Research in Canada: A Guide for University Policies and Practices


Canadian Centre for Cyber Security

Brock Cyber Security

Risk Assessment Forms

Mitigating Economic and Geopolitical Risk Checklist for Ontario Research Fund Applications

National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships’ Risk Assessment Form


Research Security Training Courses – Government of Canada