When Funded by Outside Sources

There are additional considerations when the project has been funded by outside sources. In each case, the agreement establishing the project funding must be examined to determine whether the funding body claims any intellectual property or other rights pertaining to discoveries or innovations resulting from the project.

The relationship between funding and intellectual property rights depends on the funding body itself and the specific terms of the project funding agreement. In addition, the University will not accept funding that seeks to impose conditions that do not comply with University policies.

Not all funding bodies are the same. Some public funding bodies, such as the federal granting councils -- the National Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) -- don’t attach any intellectual property claims to the research they fund.

However, some other organizations and private sector companies do claim intellectual property rights as a condition of their support of University research, fellowships or scholarships. Still other organizations, such as some Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCEs), Forest Renewal BC, charitable associations or foundations, claim either licensing rights or a share of royalties. In order to determine if any conditions apply to the research in which you are involved, be aware of which organization is funding your research and what rights the organization claims in relation to the results of your work.

In 2000-01, over 1,500 projects with a value of over $80 million were funded by federal granting councils.