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Opportunities for collaboration

There are many opportunities for collaboration, which vary according to the objectives of the partner.

Consulting services


ÉTS possesses cutting-edge equipment and expertise in various fields of research. If one of our partners encounters a problem with one of its products, ÉTS is able to carry out a series of standardized tests aimed at qualifying the product and even identifying areas for improvement that could lead to contracts involving expertise or R & D. These initiatives are generally very short (between a few hours and a few days), and the costs are borne entirely by the partner.

Technical expertise

The objective of this approach is to resolve detailed problems (mandate covering between a few days and a few weeks), and it is often used as a feasibility study within the development of a larger-scale project. The partner assumes all costs, but may be eligible for certain subsidy programs, such as the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program for companies with less than 500 employees.

Legal expertise

ÉTS researchers have developed internationally renowned expertise in many scientific sectors, and are available to act as experts in legal matters. Their involvement generally runs from the preparation of the file to the negotiating phase, right up to appearing before arbitrators or judicial bodies. All costs are borne by the partner.

R & D contracts

In general, this approach is seen as the next logical step after an intervention involving Technical expertise (or a feasibility study), with the focus on the technological development of a product or service. This step generally involves a production team comprising researchers, technicians and professionals, and is aimed at resolving more wide-ranging problems involving the production of established deliverables. The length of these types of contracts is generally between a few months and 2 years.

R & D contracts within a partnership (subsidized)

If the partner is pursuing more fundamental innovation in terms of its product or service, the research subject will involve more significant long-term scientific support (usually between 2 and 5 years) leading to the launch of longer-term projects. One of the benefits of this type of approach is that it is conducive to the training of highly qualified personnel (master’s students, doctoral students, or post-doctoral students) who may eventually be integrated into the partner’s activities. These types of academic research programs may be eligible for subsidies from the Collaborative Research and Development Program administered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), which allows for a leveraging effect that is of interest to the industrial partner (often 2 for 1).

Participation in master’s or Ph.D. projects

BMP program (subsidized)

Depending on the specific needs of the industrial partner, certain financial assistance programs allow a student who is working on problems related to a particular company to carry out an R & D project within that company, subsidized by a scholarship. The recipient of the scholarship must carry out the bulk of the research activities on the premises of the industrial partner, which must in turn make a financial contribution over a period of 2 or 3 years in the amount of $7,000 per year for a master’s student or $9,000 per year for a Ph.D. student. This contribution will entitle the student to receive a matching contribution from the FQRNT and the NSERC.

MITACS program (subsidized)

The objective of this type of financing is to resolve problems related to a company within a short period of time. Students devote approximately half of their time to the company and the other half to ÉTS. Subsidies are of the order of $15,000 for a 4-month research unit, with a $7,500 contribution from the company. This financing can be requested for a maximum of 2 units at the master’s level, 4 units at the doctoral level and 6 units at the post-doctoral level. For more information concerning this program.

Projects related to strategic sectors (subsidized)

The NSERC and other sector-specific organizations (e.g.: PROMPT in telecommunications; CRIAQ in aerospace; NanoQuébec in nanotechnology) allow for the presentation of projects involving the establishment or participation of centres of excellence, industrial chairs, or even pre-competitive multi-partner research projects. Meet with a representative from ÉTS to discuss the possibilities that are available.

Student projects

An industrial partner can submit a problem of lesser scope that can become the subject of a research project conducted by a student or a team of students within the context of the course entitled Projet de fin d’études (Study completion project). Submitted projects are included in a pool and offered to students, who choose which projects they wish to work on. These projects must entail a design component, and the involvement of a team is encouraged. In the case of team projects, multi-disciplinary problems are accepted.

These projects are carried out with no obligations with respect to deliverables, with the exception of the Study completion report, and there is no guarantee with respect to the results on the part of the students or ÉTS. Students receive no direct financial compensation. The partner assumes the cost of materials and miscellaneous consumables, as applicable. Any financial contributions from the partner are paid to the ÉTS Development fund, which is used to finance its merit-based scholarship program.

Financing a project

A partner may be eligible for other industrial subsidy programs, such as the Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program. (in French)

Other financing programs are available. Consult an expert in the field and visit the Government of Québec website, which contains a list of financial assistance programs (in French) administered by the provincial and federal governments and by non-governmental organizations.

You can also consult the Canada Business Network – Government grants, loans and financing website.

Doing business with ÉTS

Once your problem has been defined, contact a representative from the ÉTS Dean of Research (DR). After discussing your objectives, the DR representative will identify the most relevant experts, laboratories and intervention programs and verify the availability of these resources. The DR representative will then contact you again in order to discuss the details and organize a meeting between the researchers and representatives of your organization.

In the case of short- or medium-term projects, this meeting generally leads to an offer of services. In the case of long-term R & D projects, subsequent meetings are usually required in order to properly establish the terms of the collaboration.

If your needs can be met by graduate or doctoral students who are enrolled in scholarship programs, the DR representative will refer you to the appropriate administrative resources.