Using the Navigator

A single tool with multiple benefits

No matter where you sit on the innovation continuum, staying competitive and on the leading edge of your field means finding the right infrastructure, expertise and partnerships, when and where you need them.

  • Have research and innovation needs? Search the Navigator by research service, such as material testing, computer modelling, prototyping or pre-competitive research.
  • Looking for specialized research infrastructure to move your project forward? The Navigator lists thousands of specialized labs and pieces of equipment searchable by keyword.
  • Want to establish or expand partnerships and collaborations with highly skilled researchers and leaders in your field?  Find research facilities open to new opportunities. Search by keyword, institution or sector of application, such as life sciences, environmental technologies, agriculture and food or manufacturing.

For research institutions, the Navigator is a valuable tool for promoting your research capabilities to a diverse audience including researchers, innovators, industry leaders and entrepreneurs. Use the Navigator to:

  • Help your research facility stand out with high-quality content and visuals in your profile listing;
  • Attract research talent by showcasing your facility and opportunities to work with industry; and,
  • Promote and optimize the use of your rare and specialized research infrastructure.

Check out these short video clips to see some of the world-class expertise, equipment and facilities across Canada that are open to new partnerships and collaborations.


Maximizing your search results

Can’t find what you’re looking for? 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.

You can also modify your search terms: keep in mind that the entries in the Navigator, including keywords, have been provided by the institutions themselves. So in addition to using business-oriented search terms, also think about the technical terms that may describe the service you seek.

Questions concerning a research facility and its capabilities should be directed to the facility.

The list of research labs, facilities and participating institutions in the Navigator continues to grow, with new profiles being posted on our site all the time. Check back regularly.

Contacting the institution

To make the most of your first contact with a facility, here are some suggestions on key information to provide:

  • What is your product, service or process-related challenge? Make sure your problem or objective is clearly defined.
  • How do you think 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, other)?
  • In what way do you expect your company and its employees to participate in, or contribute to, the research collaboration?
  • What is your timeline?

Each institution or facility within an institution has its own research policies and practices, with a range of fee structures and intellectual property arrangements. Connect directly with the facility using the Contact this facility button on their profile page for further information.


Support for business/research collaboration

There are a number of organizations and services in Canada that can facilitate other aspects of your business or research collaboration. Visit their websites for more information. Website profiles are provided in both English and French where available.

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Association Francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS)

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L’Association francophone pour le savoir - Acfas est un organisme à but non lucratif contribuant à l’avancement des sciences au Québec et dans la francophonie canadienne. …. Lire la suite   

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Aligo Innovation

Aligo provides its academic partners and their affiliates with the human and financial resources to accelerate and facilitate the commercialization of technologies with high potential and to improve their competitiveness. Read more


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The Association pour le développement de la recherche et de l’innovation du Québec (ADRIQ) leads a vast business network that is both unique and influential to support technological innovation in Quebec and foster partnerships between decision-makers. Read more

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Innovation Canada

From funding to expert advice, there are more than 1,000 government programs and services designed to help businesses like yours grow. Get your customized list here.  Read more

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Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 15 years. Working with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and both federal and provincial governments, we build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada. Read more

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Tech-Access Canada

Tech-Access Canada is the formal, national network of Canada’s 30 Technology Access Centres. Based in Ottawa, Tech-Access Canada facilitates the sharing of best practices between member TACs; works to harmonize service models across regions; and promotes college applied research to external audiences. Read more