Taken as a whole, the stories in this issue of RE$EARCH MONEY provide an advance snapshot of the direction that Canadian S&T will be moving in the new year. Although the image is still blurry, one can discern a growing willingness by all sectors in the innovation system to boost R&D spending and tackle barriers to increased productivity and prosperity.
The Government of New Brunswick is moving quickly on a comprehensive Innovation Agenda designed to raise its R&D performance from near the bottom of the Canadian ranking into the top four provinces by 2012.
The long upward climb of total R&D spending in Canada appears to have stalled, posing a serious challenge to Ottawa as it attempts to gear up the nation to become one of the world’s top five R&D jurisdictions.
An unexplained drop in foreign support for higher education research has marred an otherwise upbeat projection of funding for Canada’s universities, technology colleges and other post-secondary institutions.
Government takes warrants in firmsMitel and March Networks secure TPC funds for $240-million R&D project
The federal government has announced a unique, $60-million investment in a massive R&D project for broadband applications that holds the potential for establishing a major new cluster in the Ottawa region.
The Council of Science and Technology Advisors (CSTA) has weighed in on the contentious issue of the federal government’s S&T workforce and calls for speedy reform on several fronts or risk “failure to fulfill its fundamental mandates and its role in the national innovation system”.
Statistics Canada and the science and technology community are losing one of their most accomplished proponents with the retirement of Bert Plaus. Plaus is ending a 28-year career in which he made a major contribution to the relatively new field of S&T indicators and influenced the way in which those indicators are measured internationally.