An organization’s R&D costs are significantly reduced when it partners with McGill University. Furthermore, McGill can match cash and in-kind contributions for many research projects through a variety of federal and provincial collaborative industry granting programs.
Unlike research contracts, leveraged research projects are carried out largely by graduate students under the guidance of a professor, as part of or in addition to their thesis work. As such, timelines of leveraged projects must take into account the student’s course commitments, the need to publish, and the academic calendar.
In all cases, because the agencies' requirements for the grant must be satisfied, and because the project proposals are peer-reviewed and competitive, there is no guarantee of funding. Many programs have scheduled competitions and this must be taken into consideration in planning a project.
Research agreements are required and the rights of use of the results are negotiated on a per-project basis.