Policy on Sensitive Technology Research and Affiliations of Concern (STRAC)

Date published: July 17, 2024

On January 16, 2024, the Government of Canada published its Policy on Sensitive Technology Research and Affiliations of Concern (STRAC). The Canada Research Chairs Program operates within the scope of this new policy. Nominations that involve conducting research that advances a sensitive technology research area will not be funded if any of the researchers involved in activities supported by the grant are affiliated with, or in receipt of funding or in-kind support from, a university, research institute or laboratory connected to military, national defence or state security entities that could pose a risk to Canada’s national security. Please read the Tri-Agency Guidance on the STRAC Policy to understand how this policy may impact your grant application.

Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs Program invests up to $311 million per year to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

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