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Agreement and Contract Information

CIRMMT is working with the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) of McGill University to create networking opportunities between potential industry collaborators and interested researchers, and to develop mutually beneficial research partnerships. 

For details on the services offered by the OSR, please visit their website: 

Some examples of different types of collaboration include

Service agreements

  • Service agreements are used when a McGill employee renders a service and provides the results to a client.  The difference between a service agreement and a research agreement is that no intellectual input or value-added is provided by McGill and no publishable results are expected.
  • Examples of service agreements include testing/measurements on specialized equipment or the evaluation/analysis of materials or compounds.  More details can be found on the McGill Service Agreements page.

Research contracts

  • Research contracts usually involve very specific deliverables and milestones (not just reports) under a tight timeline.
  • It is not unusual for service contracts to confer rights (and sometimes ownership) of the arising intellectual property to the sponsor.
  • Research contracts are priced to include the full cost of the research and can be a valuable source of research funding.
  • The research team should normally include more senior research personnel, such as post-doctoral fellows, research assistants and professionals.  More details can be found on the McGill Research Contracts page

Collaborative research agreements

  • Collaborative research agreements involve research of mutual interest to the researcher and the Sponsor, with shared rights and access to the results.
  • The project scope is defined jointly, and the sponsor may contribute in-kind in addition to cash. 
  • Ownership of inventions or other intellectual property belongs to the parties that contributed to the invention.
  • Masters and Ph.D. students normally take part in the research project.  More details can be found on the McGill Collaborative Research Agreements page

Intellectual Property

A presentation is available to download, outlining McGill University's Intellectual Property (IP) Policy, the different types of IP, who is an author versus who is an inventor, and how to protect and manage IP: IP and commercialization 2011 presentation