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Increasingly, university researchers are developing mutually beneficial collaborations with industry partners. Such arrangements mean Canadian businesses have access to new ideas to help them compete in global markets; while the University fulfills its mandate of transferring the results of research into society. On a more practical level, sponsored research brings in additional funding, provides access to interesting, high-value problems and provides valuable exposure to industrial challenges and gives students the opportunity to obtain highly relevant industrial training for future career opportunities.

How Does MILO Help?

McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO) facilitates working with industry by negotiating all industry-sponsored research agreements and all research contracts performed by the university, whether from government, industry or other sources.  We also work with researchers and industry to ensure that appropriate legal agreements are in place to enable the exchange of cells, other biological or chemical materials  (MTAs) and confidential information and data (NDAs/DTAs).

We assist researchers in maximizing their funding from industry by identifying and reviewing application to eligible industry matching grant programs, such as Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) Research Partnerships Programs, as well as funding through the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) collaborative programs.  We also help researchers in applying for commercialization funding programs, such as NSERC’s Idea-to-Innovation Program.

Establishing Agreements for Industry Funding

One of MILO’s advisors will prepare the appropriate research agreement which will include the following project details:

  • Project description
  • Timelines
  • Deliverables
  • Resource and facilities requirements
  • Details regarding graduate student involvement
  • Intention of applying for matching funds
  • Budget (including the appropriate indirect cost rate)

We’ll work with you to define the appropriate terms and negotiate your agreement with the industry partner while you seek the required internal approval.

Types of Agreements and Typical Terms

McMaster enters in many different types of agreements with sponsors of research projects and MILO has the authority to negotiate and sign these agreements. Depending on the nature of the research, different agreements are tailored to meet the needs of the parties. The most common terms that are addressed in sponsored research agreements include:

  • Intellectual property
  • Publication
  • Confidentiality
  • Liability and Insurance
  • Termination
  • Payment
  • Deliverables (i.e., reports, data, etc.)

When the terms of the agreement are finalized, MILO will take care of the rest!  We will have the agreement signed by all parties and establish the research account for you.

When applying for leveraged funding, that application can be completed either in parallel with, before or after the agreement is in place.  Your Research Contracts Advisor can inform you of the recommended timelines for your project.

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