UCalgary Research Security Division

Research Security Division

The Research Security Division supports the research community by identifying and mitigating possible risks from unwanted access, interference, or theft. 

About the Research Security Division

UCalgary is a world-renowned center of research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. 

The Research Security Division supports open and collaborative research and academic partnerships that make a global impact.

We engage with faculty and researchers to provide them with the information and resources they need to identify and mitigate risks to the integrity of their research. 

Contact Research Security if you are considering forming a research partnership. We can help you protect yourself and your research.

Log in for more resources

To access additional resources and documents, members of the UCalgary community can log in to the Research Security Sharepoint site. 

CAS Login is required

Outreach & Education

  • Workshops & information sessions
  • Research security training
  • Educational resources
  • Awareness campaigns 

Due Diligence

  • Support the completion of Risk Assessment Forms
  • Vetting potential research partners 
  • Provide advice on risk mitigation plans 

Compliance & Special Investigations

  • Grants & contracts compliance & reporting requirements
  • Travel security briefings 
  • Sanctions, export controls, and controlled goods
  • Government of Canada Contract Security Program  

Why Safeguard Your Research?

Canada’s leading-edge research is fueled by open scholarship and collaborative international partnerships. 

The open and collaborative nature of Canadian research can also make it vulnerable to exploitation. For this reason, it is important to recognize the biggest vulnerabilities to your research:

  • Cybersecurity 
  • Partnerships 
  • Intellectual Property
  • Physical Space
  • People 

Upcoming Events

  1. Risk Assessment Forms

    A Risk Assessment Form is required for NSERC Alliance grants, and the form is currently recommended for all other Tri-Council grants. The Research Security Division can support you to complete this document. 

  2. Request a specialized briefing

    For researchers looking for specialized guidance on a particular topic, the Research Security Division offers specialized briefings on international travel, partner vetting, IP protection, and general assistance.

UCalgary offers two cybersecurity training modules that have been specifically designed for researchers

The first course, Introduction to Research Security, focuses on introducing learners to why research security matters, how it can benefit both researchers and their work, and ways to start developing cybersecurity core competencies.

The second course, Cyber Security for Researchers, provides an overview of the cyber-threat environment, provides cybersecurity resources, and helps learners to practise safe handling, storing and transmitting of sensitive research data. It also equips researchers with the knowledge to make informed decisions about potential cybersecurity issues.

Based on training provided through the Safeguarding your Research portal

To access more resources, use your CAS credentials to log into the Research Security Sharepoint site.

When should I reach out to Research Security?

  • Applying to a federal grant? Reach out to Research Security for personalized guidance on Risk Assessment Forms and the new federal policy on Sensitive Technology Research & Affiliations of Concern (STRAC).
  • Travelling overseas? Reach out to Research Security for a travel briefing and a loaner device.
  • Thinking of forming a research partnership? Reach out to Research Security early in the process for assistance with partner vetting.
  • Working with restricted goods? Reach out to Research Security for guidance to ensure you remain compliant with sanctions, export controls, and controlled goods regulations.
  • Bidding on a Government of Canada contract that includes security requirements? Reach out to Research Security for assistance with the Contract Security Program to understanding the government screening process and the types and levels of security required to safeguard sensitive information, assets, and work sites.