Ownership of Research Equipment

Based on SFU Policy A 30.08, equipment purchased from research grants or with university funds (including internal research funds) belongs to the university. Research equipment is not the property of faculty, staff or students.

For Tri-Agency grants, all equipment purchased with grant funds including equipment-only grant (known as a Research Tools and Instruments Grant at NSERC), belong to the university and not to the individual grantee, unless the funding Agency agrees otherwise in writing, or unless doing so would be contrary to a legislated requirement.

If the equipment is to be transferred or loaned to another institution, SFU shall retain ownership of the equipment. A letter of agreement should confirm ownership of the equipment and the associated responsibilities, how the equipment will be used and what access researchers from each institution will have.

If you have other questions about research equipment (e.g., equipment sale or donation), please contact your faculty office.

If you are leaving SFU and wish to transfer research equipment purchased with grant funds to the new institution, please refer to the When a PI Leaves SFU section.

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