Partnerships and Innovation

Office of Partnerships and Innovation
Office of Partnerships and Innovation

Services for Queen's Faculties and Academic Departments

Queen’s University’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI) team offers various services and resources to Queen’s Faculties and Academic Departments.

If you require help with more than one item below, please fill in our Partnerships and Innovation Contact Form.

To access the various policies and guidelines related to intellectual property or research contracts and agreements, please visit our Policies and Guidelines page.

  Services Description
Strategic partnerships Strategic initiatives and research partnerships

The QPI team is outward facing and has a mandate to be a responsive institutional front door to industry and not-for-profit organizations that are seeking interactions and collaborations with Queen’s and our research community. The QPI team also helps Faculties, Departments, Research Centres and Institutes, and faculty members to advance strategic initiatives and relationships with prospective and current partners.

Contact us to discuss your interests and objectives in establishing or managing strategic initiatives and research partnerships.

Memberships in strategic consortia

The QPI team participates in several strategic consortia and can advise you of resources and and/or opportunities to engage with member organizations. To see a listing of our memberships, visit our Memberships in Strategic Consortia page.

Relationship building Campus visits

The QPI team can help Faculties, Departments, Research Centres and Institutes, and-or faculty members to coordinate and host strategic campus visits and meetings with industry partners to showcase Queen’s research strengths and to explore opportunities to establish research collaborations.

Contact us to request assistance with planning and/or hosting strategic campus visits and meetings.

Funding and talent Student internships and talent attraction

The QPI team can help Departments and faculty members to identify and pursue strategic internship opportunities for graduate students.

Contact us to discuss your objectives.

Legal Agreements and contracts involving students, post-doctoral fellows, startups

As Research Centres and Institutes, faculty members, post-docs and students become more entrepreneurial and more focused on opportunities to commercialize intellectual property, and-or may be working in or managing a busy laboratory with multiple students and projects including projects with industry partners, it is important to document roles, responsibilities, and rights of the university, faculty members and students. These arrangements can be novel as well as complex.

Contact us to discuss your specific situation and objectives, and the QPI team will help you to develop and navigate a path forward.

Legal counsel

The QPI team has lawyers on staff who can provide faculties, departments, research centres and institutes, and-or faculty members with legal counsel related to emerging or existing research collaborations involving Queen’s and other parties.

Contact us to discuss your specific questions.

Communications and marketing Promotion, communications and outreach

Using a variety of communication channels, the QPI team promotes successful research collaborations which we helped to establish and-or facilitate, and works with University Relations, faculties, departments and/or faculty members and partners to identify and publicize the objectives, outcomes, and impacts of research partnerships and specific collaborations.

Contact us to propose a story.

The QPI team also promotes the accomplishments of entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs with which we are working in Eastern Ontario. In addition to written communications, the QPI team utilizes our extensive innovation ecosystem to conduct outreach activities to industry and partners in the community.

Workshops and events Workshops and events

Upon request or invitation, the QPI team delivers brief training sessions for Departments and associated faculty members, and coordinates and delivers interactive sector-specific workshops to facilitate engagement between faculty members and industry.

Contact us to discuss your needs and interests.

The QPI team and partners offer numerous programs, workshops, and events for entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs in Eastern Ontario. To learn about upcoming workshops and events available via the QPI team, visit our Workshops and Events page.

Workshops & Events page

Market-Focused Research Workshop Series

The Queen’s Market-Focused Research Workshop Series is a two-day program covering topics such as market/technology assessments, design thinking, intellectual property, effective communication, and commercialization strategies to support your research, research partnerships, and commercialization /startup formation activities.

The program is designed for graduate students (including those in professional programs such as Law or Medicine), post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members conducting research in fields in which knowledge mobilization or commercialization of the research outcome is likely or who have a startup idea.

To learn more and apply, visit the Market-Focused Research Workshop Series page.