Update on Research Security
Message from the Vice-President and Associate Vice-President, Research Programs (Operations)

Dear colleagues,

As you may be aware, the research granting agencies are implementing new measures to safeguard research against risks to national and economic security.

As of May 1, 2024, applicants to CIHR may be asked to complete some additional forms depending on whether their research proposals involve private sector partners and/or aim to advance a sensitivity technology research area.

You can read more about these new measures and consult Frequently Asked Questions on our new research security webpage.

If your research proposal involves one or more partner organizations from the private sector, the Nominated Principal Applicant will need to complete and upload a Risk Assessment Form with their application. This measure will come into effect for the Fall 2024 Project Grant competition, which opens on July 4, 2024 (Note: This applies only to the Project Grant competition for now).

If your research proposes to advance a sensitive technology research area, all researchers with named roles in the grant application will need to complete a form attesting that they are not affiliated with, or in receipt of funding or in-kind support, from an institution on the list of Named Research Organizations. This measure will apply to all grant competitions launched on or after May 1, 2024, except for some individual awards and prizes, which you can read more about on CIHR's new research security webpage.

With the new measures, the Government of Canada aims to strike a balance between protecting Canadian research and innovation against theft, misappropriation and the unauthorized transfer of ideas, research outcomes and intellectual property—and continuing to foster domestic and international collaboration and the free flow of ideas and research.

CIHR staff will be on standby to help applicants adjust to these research security measures. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the CIHR Contact Centre at support-soutien@cihr-irsc.gc.ca, or by calling 1-888-603-4178.

To learn more about research security, we encourage you to consult the Tri-agency guidance on research security and the Government of Canada's Safeguarding Your Research Portal, or attend an upcoming webinar hosted by the Tri-agency.

We thank you for your understanding and collaboration.


Dr. Christian Baron
Vice-President, Research – Programs

Adrian Mota
Associate Vice-President, Research – Programs (Operations)

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