International Security Research and Outreach Programme

The International Security Research and Outreach Programme (ISROP) informs and supports the development of Canada's international security policy by drawing upon the expertise of academic and think-tank communities in Canada and abroad. ISROP acts as a focal point for timely, high quality and policy-relevant research on:

  • international security and defence issues related to North America,
  • regional and multilateral security and defence cooperation, and
  • non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament.


ISROP maintains a library of past research publications, many of which are available online or can be requested by email. Please see Publications.

Current research priorities

ISROP’s research requirements are updated annually to reflect themes and issues relevant to Canadian policy development on international security issues. For more information, please see ISROP Research Priorities in 2014–2015.

Research opportunities

Researchers are invited to submit proposals that address ISROP’s current research priorities in an annual competition. In addition, researchers may be invited to participate in Fast Talk Teams. For more information, please see Research opportunities.

Graduate Research Awards

For information on the 2015-2016 competition, see Graduate Research Awards for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation 2015-2016. Deadline for applications is December 14, 2015.

ISROP supports the Graduate Research Awards to enhance Canadian graduate level scholarship on disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation. The Graduate Research Awards are offered by The Simons Foundation in partnership with ISROP.

The history of ISROP

ISROP traces its roots back to Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada's Verification Research Programme (VERPROG). VERPROG funded research to support Canadian non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament (NACD) policy development, and international negotiations. VERPROG contributed to the success of many Canadian NACD initiatives, gaining a Minister of Foreign Affairs award for foreign policy excellence in 1995, and a Government of Canada award for excellence in 1996. VERPROG's research supported the development of verification systems for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention and the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty.

The programme also supported key elements of the Department's Human Security Agenda, including negotiation of the Ottawa Convention to ban anti-personnel mines, and efforts to curb proliferation and abuse of small arms. VERPROG supported more than three hundred fifty research projects, and published more than two hundred studies for official and public use.

ISROP replaced VERPROG in 1998, broadening the original mandate to include research into selected international security issues. ISROP is part of the International Security and Intelligence Bureau of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.