For companies looking for a competitive edge, or who lack the resources to undertake their own research, McGill University is your ideal partner. We have the tools and skills to put ideas into action, and to help find the solutions to your business problems. There are also special funding programs available that can help offset costs related to finding your next big hit. Among these are the NSERC Alliance Grants, which require academics to find external partners, or Mitacs, which also fosters partnerships between academia and industry.
For those with more specific needs in mind, we also can offer access to cutting-edge laboratory tools and equipment for your own research activities. This could include actual ground-breaking research (which requires a Research Agreement) or it could be more functional in nature, such as testing a specific device (which would require a Service Agreement).
There are also many technologies that already have been lab-proven and are ready to be put into application. McGill researchers have made hundreds of discoveries with commercial potential – you can see what is available for licencing here. Use of these technologies would require a license agreement, something that is handled by Innovation and Partnerships.
The ins and outs of collaborating with industry can be complex. Consult our FAQ below for more pertinent information: