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:

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Research priorities

ISROP's research requirements are updated annually to reflect themes and issues relevant to Canadian policy development on international security issues.

For information on submitting a research proposal, please see Research opportunities.

Research opportunities

ISROP posts its current research priorities annually and researchers are invited to submit proposals in an annual competition. As well, ISROP’s Fast Talk Teams quickly and efficiently explore a range of perspectives on specific research questions, or sets of questions, using teleconferencing or videoconferencing.

Research competition

Applications to the ISROP research competition are expected to:

In accordance with Government of Canada contracting rules and requirements, successful applications will demonstrate best value. Due to the competitive nature of the competition, ISROP will not be in a position to support every worthy application. On average, ISROP has commissioned 4 or 5 research projects per year. If a proposal is accepted, researchers will be paid for their services upon completion of their work in accordance with Treasury Board Guidelines.

Fast Talk Teams

These research activities engage small, nimble teams of 3 to 5 researchers/experts, and integrate writing and conference calls to speedily address specific issues or sets of issues. We ask each participant to produce a short discussion paper on policy question(s) that we distribute in advance of a conference call.

Fast Talk Team conference calls take place over 2 hours, during which team members and Foreign Affairs officials work together on the issues. Team members introduce their papers with short presentations, then hold a general debate, of which a rapporteur keeps an unattributed record. Discussion papers, participant lists, and debate records are distributed to relevant officials and researchers as ISROP research products.

ISROP forms Fast Talk Teams by invitation only. Participants will be compensated for their professional time during the call, and for related preparations.

Graduate Research Awards

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.

Research publications

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

The history of ISROP

ISROP traces its roots back to Global Affairs 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 350 research projects, and published more than 200 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 Global Affairs Canada.

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