Partnerships and Innovation

Office of Partnerships and Innovation
Office of Partnerships and Innovation

Services for industry and other external organizations interested in research and/or collaborating with Queen's 

Queen’s University is ambitious about building synergies – strengthening our relationships with current partners and working to establish new ones. Through our work with industry partners, national and international collaborators, governments, and communities, we will facilitate knowledge translation and exchange, advancing the research continuum – from fundamental science to tangible impact.

Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI) team offers the following services and resources to external organizations that are interested in collaborating with Queen's and establishing research projects with Queen’s faculty members and-or experiential learning opportunities for post-doctoral fellows and students.

To access the various policies and guidelines related to intellectual property or research contracts and agreements, please visit our Policies and Guidelines page. Contact us to discuss or if you do not find what you are looking for.

  Service 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.

Contact us to discuss your interests and objectives in establishing or managing strategic initiatives and research partnerships with Queen’s University.

Networking Introductions

The QPI team facilitates introductions to Queen's faculty members.

Contact us to discuss your areas of interest and collaboration objectives.

Funding and talent

Collaboration and funding opportunities

There are several agency-funded programs supporting collaborations between academia and for-profit partners as well as not-for-profit partners.

Contact us to learn more about popular research partnership programs offered by the Tri-Council Funding Agencies, the Ontario Centres of Excellence, and Mitacs, and to discuss your partnership objectives.

Student internships and talent attraction

Queen’s University hosts more than 24,000 students including 6,500 who are pursuing graduate degrees or second undergraduate degrees.

Contact us to discuss internships and other talent attraction strategies, including working with Queen’s Career Services, hosting a 12 to 16 month co-op or 4+ month internship student, sponsoring an undergraduate project with a number of students, working with a graduate student and their supervisor on a specific technical project, or leveraging project courses in the Smith School of Business to tap graduate student talent. 

Legal Research or innovation-related agreements and contracts

The QPI team is responsible for the central review, drafting, negotiation, and authorization for signature of research- and-or innovation-related agreements with sponsors, collaborators, and partners for Queen's University.

Contact us to discuss research- or innovation-related agreements and contracts.

Intellectual property and commercialization Inventions and intellectual property

Queen’s policy on intellectual property is based on the principle of "creator ownership" unless otherwise specified in a contract between Queen’s and an external sponsor. Such contracts may include terms related to background intellectual property (BIP), foreground intellectual property (FIP, solely or jointly created) and options for accessing BIP and FIP.

Contact us to discuss specific collaboration projects and associated IP terms.

Technology licenses

The QPI team receives invention disclosures from Queen’s faculty members and leads the process, on behalf of Queen’s and its inventors, to promote and license associated technologies. Since 1987 Queen’s has transformed more than 1,200 invention disclosures into 200+ technologies each covered by at least one patent.

Explore technologies that are currently available for license.

Contact us to discuss your potential interests and licensing options.

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.

Stay up-to-date on the dynamic world of research at Queen’s. The Research at Queen's website's News and Events page provides a glimpse of the latest discoveries and innovations making headlines and thought leadership contributing to the national and international conversation. It also highlights upcoming events and initiatives featuring research at Queen’s.

Workshops and events Workshops and events 

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 and our partners, visit our Events page. 

Upon request or invitation, the QPI team also coordinates and delivers interactive sector-specific workshops to facilitate engagement between faculty members and industry.

Contact us to discuss your needs and interests.