Canadian government to pursue protecting citizens’ research and intellectual property
Canadian researchers are deemed to be part of providing usable solutions to a lot of the greatest challenges faced by the generations today. Through collaboration between domestic and international partnerships, a lot of globally-ready research work have been continually produced. With this in mind, the Canadian government is also in the works to increase the protection for research made by Canadians as well as strengthen intellectual property against foreign interference, espionage and theft.
François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, launched the new National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships, created in partnership with the Government of Canada–Universities Working Group. These new rules will include clauses on national security and be utilized in development, evaluation and funding of research work.
These new rules will be implemented as a part of the federal research collaboration funding being done through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Alliance Grants program which takes care of any research that involves private sector partner organizations. All the applicants will be mandated to finish a risk assessment as a significant part of the grant. NSERC will also be responsible for the assessment of these risks and mitigation measures with consultations from national security agencies and departments on a case-to-case basis.
The Canadian government will be working with NSERC and the Government of Canada–Universities Working Group to fully assess the execution of these guidelines for the Alliance Grants program. Furthermore, the government is also looking at widening the application of these rules to all granting councils and the Canada Foundation for Innovation in the near term.
Researchers should be more wary to protect the security of the work that they do. These new guidelines will be a new security blanket that allows Canadian researchers to consult and get assistance for vital information on research security and intellectual property. All the stakeholders have a very significant part in making sure that Canadian knowledge and intellectual property are being secured while continuing the work to uncover what is necessary for global innovation.
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