Dalhousie University’s Industry Liaison and Innovation team is working virtually, and is still doing industry sponsored contracts, Mitacs, NRC IRAP, along with Nova Scotia Productivity and Innovation Vouchers with some necessary modifications, including timelines. We are ready to work with you during this time and may be able to proceed with some research (depending on location) and/or negotiate and finalize agreements so all is ready to proceed when the research enterprise ramps back up.

Questions can be sent to innovation@dal.ca

March 24, 2020: Message to our research partners

This is an incredibly difficult time, and our highest priority is the safety and well-being of  our researchers, research staff, trainees, participants, and industrial partners.

On Friday, March 20, 2020, a memo was sent out by Dr. Alice Aiken, Vice President of Research and Innovation at Dalhousie, which provided important information about steps being taken by Dalhousie Research and Innovation to meet the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic (read the full memo here, or at dal.ca/research)

All university campus-based research operations are to be suspended as of 5:00 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until further notice. Critical COVID-19 research is exempted and will continue as a matter of urgency, with full support. 

Principal Investigators and their associated research staff, postdoctoral fellows and students, who are able (as determined by the Principal Investigator, in consultation with the university) to continue their work off-campus and/or online, are expected to do so as long as it is in keeping with guidance provided by Nova Scotia Public Health

In addition, on Sunday, March 22, 2020, the Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency in response to the spread of COVID-19. The province’s new measures include a limit on group gatherings to no more than five (5) people and a requirement to maintain a distance of at least two (2) meters apart, among other measures. Failure to comply with the new measures may result in fines. 

As a result,all faculty and staff at Dalhousie University have been directed to work remotely.Attendance on campus is strongly discouraged unless directed or permitted to attend work by an administrative head

From the research and innovation perspective, this includes:

  • those working on essential, exempted research or approved special projects, such as COVID-19 research, and 

  • those providing essential services to the university, such as approvedongoing research maintenance, and animal care. 

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If you have any general or additional questions, they can be sent to innovation@dal.ca

Please take care of yourselves. Look out for your own health and the health of others.  We look forward to working together in the years to come. 


Stephen Hartlen
Assistant Vice President, Industry Relations
Dalhousie University

About ILI


Industry Liaison and Innovation (ILI) manages and facilitates collaborations between companies and university researchers, commercializes research at Dalhousie University, and assists in the creation of spin-off ventures. Learn more about how we work with researchers and companies.

Connecting research and industry


ILI can help Dalhousie researchers manage relationships with corporate partners and assess the commercial potential of research. We work with companies to help identify research needs and goals and find compatible Dalhousie researchers.

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