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NewsAlert: New research security rules target institutions in China, Iran, Russia

OTTAWA — The federal government will not bankroll sensitive scientific research tied to dozens of schools, institutes and labs in China, Iran and Russia, under newly announced restrictions.

Among the 11 strategically important research areas are artificial intelligence and big data technology, quantum science, and aerospace and satellite systems.

Ottawa is concerned that foreign adversaries are determined to acquire sensitive Canadian research and intellectual property by partnering on projects with academics in Canada.

The announcement today builds on a federal statement last February that research in key fields will not be funded if those involved are affiliated with institutions linked to military, defence or state security organizations of countries deemed a risk to Canada.

The government has published a list of the sensitive technology research areas and a complementary list of named research organizations with which researchers should avoid ties if they’re seeking federal funding.

The government says the lists will be reviewed regularly to ensure they are current.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 16, 2024.

The Canadian Press

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