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Office of research / Centre for Technological Development - BRCDT

Our three missions

1. Research funding

 Research funding mostly comes from funding agencies such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT), Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC (*)) and Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ). All of these agencies use peer review in their application evaluation process.

The BRCDT acts as a liaison between funding agencies and researchers at the École Polytechnique—it informs researchers about funding programs, transmits information about these opportunities, and helps in preparing grant applications.

Research projects carried out in partnership with industry require the negotiation of formal collaboration agreements—the BRCDT plays an important role in this process. It helps set up research infrastructures and research units such as centres, groups and chairs. It then supervises their operations as well as relations with the various administrative units involved.

2. Liaison with companies

The BRCDT’s mandate is to promote and develop ties between the École Polytechnique and industry in the areas of research and development, technology transfer, and strategic partnerships and alliances. The BRCDT is the École Polytechnique’s official representative—in close collaboration with the departments concerned, it administers all contracts funded by organizations outside the École Polytechnique and conducted by professors/researchers in the name of the École Polytechnique or involving École Polytechnique personnel, students or equipment.

It concludes, on behalf of the École Polytechnique, agreements with companies and public organizations, makes available the École Polytechnique’s scientific resources, stimulates the emergence of new technologies, and helps establish and finance laboratories and acquire needed equipment. The BRCDT helps build large-scale alliances and partnerships, usually by enlisting the participation of funding agencies and industry. Finally, the BRCDT supports research units and R&D projects.

3. Commercialization of research results

The BRCDT, in close collaboration with the commercialization company Univalor (*), works to commercialize research results obtained at the École Polytechnique and facilitate the transfer of available technologies to this company.
The BRCDT is also responsible for educating École Polytechnique researchers on all matters related to the creation and management of intellectual property and encourages them to identify promising results and prepare innovation disclosures. It also assists researchers in their efforts to commercialize a technology transferred to Univalor.


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