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Currently (as of August 2021), a Risk Assessment Questionnaire form must be completed by the applicant (Principal Investigator) when submitting an application involving private sector partner organizations to NSERC’s Alliance Grants Program.

This form must be used to assess potential risks that research partnerships may pose to Canada’s national security as outlined in the Overview of the National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships.  Private sector partner organizations are defined as for-profit organizations that support a research partnership by sharing in intellectual leadership or providing expertise or making cash and/or in-kind contributions underpinned by a formal agreement.

For additional information on risks, conducting a risk assessment, and mitigating risks, researchers may also consult the Safeguarding Your Research.