New National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships


The Office of Research Services (ORS) has developed a Guide for Completing the National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships’ Risk Assessment Form - NSERC Alliance. This resource can be utilized by U of G faculty in completing the questions associated with the risk assessment form, and the associated risk mitigation plan, if applicable, to gain a better understanding of the risks associated with their research project and/or partnerships.

The resource has been created in response to the Government of Canada’s new National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships, released on July 12, 2021. All applicants partnering with private sector partners for NSERC Alliance funding are required to complete the National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships' risk assessment form as a component of the Alliance application package submitted to the Office of Research Services and to NSERC.

These guidelines were developed in collaboration with the Government of Canada–Universities Working Group and integrate national security considerations into the development, evaluation and funding of research partnerships.

These guidelines were applied immediately as a mandatory element of federal research partnership funding through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Alliance Grants program for any application involving private sector partner organizations, including not-for-profit partners (i.e. producer groups and industrial associations), whose members are from the private sector.

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Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.

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