How to use the Navigator

No matter where you are on the innovation continuum, use the Navigator to 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.

Search like an expert

The keyword search and filters on our advanced search page can be used alone or in combination.

A keyword search is the best way to search for terms related to research services, expertise, equipment, city or region, or other items not listed in the filters. Click “Search” to complete your search.

When combining keywords and filters, start by entering your keyword(s) in the search bar and clicking “Search.”

Once your keyword search is done, you can click one or more filters to see results by province, institution or sector of application. You can also select multiple items within each filter.

Other ways to find what you need

  • You can search by widely known abbreviations, acronyms and brand names.
  • In addition to using business-oriented search terms, also think about the technical terms that describe the service you are looking for.
  • Broaden your search geographically to include other cities, provinces or institutions. In many cases you won’t need to travel to the facility in person to take advantage of their services.

Understanding the search logic

What’s the best way to find a facility with an electron microscope in Montreal? Knowing how to combine your search terms will give you the best results. Here’s how the Navigator’s search logic works:

Search input

Result

microscope

facilities with the word microscope in their profile

electron microscope Montreal

facilities with any of these three words in their profile, as if using “OR” between each word

“electron microscope”

facilities with that exact combination of words appearing in their profile, recognizing them as one term

“electron microscope” Montreal

facilities using either “electron microscope” or “Montreal” in their profile

“electron microscope” AND Montreal

facilities that have both “electron microscope” and “Montreal” in their profile


Contacting a facility

You can connect directly with researchers at a 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.

For more ideas on forming new research partnerships, consult the following guides. These were 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.