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Research Policies

Research Policies must be respected. They can be found on Secretariat’s Website, and should be consulted regularly.

Research Funding

McGill University’s Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) provides comprehensive information, services and support to members of the McGill research community in their pursuit and management of funding. It also ensures accountability, compliance and stewardship for the funds received for McGill research. Specific services offered by OSR include identification and promotion of funding opportunities to McGill researchers; liaising with funding sources and partners on behalf of researchers throughout a project’s lifespan; support for researchers in project and team development; negotiation of contracts and agreements with funding agencies and partners; review and authorization of research proposals on behalf of the University; advice on project management issues; and support for a full range of technology analysis and support, including due diligence on new invention disclosures, business development for licensees and new company creation.

Office of Sponsored Research (OSR)
James Administration Building, 2nd floor
Montreal, QC H3A 2T5
Tel: (514) 398-3996
Fax: (514) 398-4853
info.osr [at] (OSR Email)


There are guidelines and policies relating to research involving human subjects, animals, radioactive and biohazardous materials, as well as policies to protect employees from hazards associated with some research work. For general information see Compliance.

Human Subjects Research All members of McGill University, whether faculty, students or staff, are required to obtain ethics approval for research involving humans from the appropriate Research Ethics Board (REB) prior to starting the research i.e. before starting recruitment of participants, accessing data or collecting human materials. Follow the link for contact information for the various McGill campus REBs and affiliated hospital REBs.
Animal Ethics and Compliance Anyone, at McGill and affiliated hospitals, who needs to work with live animals in research and teaching must obtain approval from the appropriate Facility Animal Care Committee prior to acquiring or using animals. Information on the policies, procedures and contacts. Please animalcare [at] (email) for more information.
Controlled Goods and Export Control Compliance

As we are engaged in “basic” research, we do not normally engage in accessing Controlled Goods. However, as a function of university-industry/government collaborations, researchers (including students) are sometimes exposed to confidential information/goods that are protected under the Controlled Goods Regulations, and many other agreements now also contain Controlled Goods/Export Control language. Also, Controlled Goods can be developed as a result of a research project.

Information about Controlled Good and Export Controls and contact information.

Should a security clearance (in order to access protected/classified information) be required, please review Security.

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) EHS and the Waste Management Program (WMP) are divisions of University Safety and part of University Services. The mandate of EHS is to provide comprehensive environmental health and safety information, services and support to the McGill community. Specifically, EHS offers information on the safe use of hazardous materials (example: chemicals, radioisotopes, and biohazardous agents), safety policies & procedures relevant to workplace risks, safety training courses for students and staff, occupational hygiene and waste disposal services. In addition, EHS is very active in accident, incident and occupational disease investigations, ergonomic assessments, indoor air quality evaluations, laboratory inspections, liaison with regulatory agencies and in occupational health matters. For the new or current faculty members, the EHS web site and New Principal Investigator Orientation page contain the forms and information that you may need to make your workplace safe and secure. New principal investigators may also contact us to request a personal orientation session with one of our EHS officers. For further inquiries, please call 514-398-4563 or ehs [at] (email).


Postdoctoral studies are administered by Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (GPS). All Postdocs at McGill University must be registered with GPS. If you are considering inviting a Postdoc to McGill University or want to learn more about the regulations governing the status of Postdocs at McGill, please contact the [at] (Postdoc Affairs and Registration Administrator) in the Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies office, or by telephone at: (514) 398-3990.

Employing Staff on Grants

In your role as researcher and grant holder, you will be responsible for hiring research associates and assistants.

Please ensure that you follow the University’s policies and procedures on academic classifications, and that you are familiar with your responsibilities as an employer.

For more information, please email academic.personnel [at] (Academic Personnel Office), or telephone: (514) 398-8029.

Research Funding Application Deadlines

There are many early fall deadlines, and some agencies have only one annual deadline. Be sure not to miss out by contacting the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) well ahead of time.