How to use the Navigator

No matter where you are on the innovation continuum, you can use the Navigator to help you find the research-based solutions you need to stay competitive and on the leading edge of your field.

Use our directory to:

  • Search by research service, such as material testing, computer modelling, prototyping or pre-competitive research
  • Locate state-of-the-art research infrastructure, including specialized labs and equipment, and
  • Establish or expand partnerships with highly skilled researchers.


Lay the groundwork for your next research collaboration

Checkout these short videos for inspiration and examples of how research expertise, equipment and facilities are being engaged across Canada


Tips for maximizing your search results
Try broadening your search geographically to include other cities, provinces or institutions. The research infrastructure or expertise you’re seeking could exist anywhere in Canada, and in many cases you won’t need to travel to the facility in person to take advantage of their services.

Keep in mind that the entries in the Navigator, including keywords, have been provided by the research facilities themselves. So in addition to using business-oriented search terms, also think about the technical terms that may describe the service you seek.


Contacting the facility

You can connect directly with researchers at the facility through the online “Contact this facility” form on their profile page. Here are some suggestions to make the most of your first contact with a facility:

  • Make sure your problem or objective is clearly defined. What is your product, service or process-related challenge?
  • Think about how the research facility might be able to help you resolve that challenge. What kind of help do you seek, e.g. expertise, specialized facilities or equipment, independent third-party testing or validation of a new product or process?
  • Be clear about your interest, if any, in how you would like your company and its employees to participate in, or contribute to, the research collaboration.
  • Note any timelines relevant to your project, such as major milestone or completion target dates that you hope to achieve.
  • Ask about fee structures, intellectual property arrangements, and other applicable research policies and practices.

You may also wish to consult the following guides to research partnership, developed by the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities and the Business/Higher Education Roundtable to help facilitate research partnerships with Canadian universities, colleges and polytechnics.