The University of Toronto benefits significantly from international partnerships of all types. By partnering internationally, faculty members can develop significant collaborations which enhance their research, contribute to effective knowledge translation, and can benefit the broader community.
Partnerships also provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in research and learning collaborations that broaden their experience and perspective.
However, some international partnerships have risks associated with them, and it is important for faculty members to understand and mitigate these potential risks.
The following resources allow us to be more proactive in assessing potential risks and in addressing potential concerns expressed both internally and externally about our partnerships and relationships.
The Government of Canada – Universities Working Group has developed specific risk guidelines to integrate national security considerations into the evaluation and funding of research partnerships. Please see the below resources:
University of Toronto Resources, Documents, and Processes
As of August 30th, 2021, faculty engaged in international partnerships are asked to complete a Research Partnership Security Information Document. This process is in alignment with a heightened focus on research security by the Government of Canada and responds to recommendations made by the Government of Canada – Universities Working Group (see above).
Before completing the information document, individuals are asked to review Engaging in International Research Partnerships: Principles and Approaches for more information and guidance on international partnerships and associated risks.
Knowing your Partner
The integrity of your research relies heavily on knowing and trusting your partner organization(s). Building research teams and partnerships with known and trusted partner organizations will help mitigate risks. You can explore the ownership, business activities, and other relationships of an organization using third party services (some require a fee for service), such as:
If you have any questions about a potential or current international partner, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.