Industry Canada’s forthcoming update of the 2007 S&T Strategy provides an ideal opportunity to address the policies underlying the nation’s anemic innovation performance. A foresight report released for limited circulation last year suggests there’s much work to do.
Foresight suggests serious challenges ahead
A comprehensive foresight exercise on Canadian technology and innovation suggests that failure to embrace innovation and effectively respond to emerging global challenges will reduce the country to a technological backwater with the status of a re-developing nation.
The Graphics, Animation and New Media (GRAND) Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) is in the midst of a year-long transition phase as it prepares to compete for renewed funding in 2014. Funded for an initial five-year phase in 2009 with $23.
Fed Dev Ontario has unveiled a new suite of programs worth $530 million to stimulate and diversify the economic engine of Canada’s most populous province over the next five years. The Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives (SOPI) are largely business focused but encourage companies to secure the feedstock for innovation by collaborating with post-secondary institutions, not-for-profit research institutions, angel investors and other sources of risk capital.
The National Research Council (NRC) has launched four market-focused research programs to assist the construction industry in lowering costs through the entire construction life cycle, and accelerate and validate the development of new materials, systems and decision-making tools.
John Stone, retired, Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Science muzzling and climate change
By John Stone
No science, no evidence, no truth, no democracy. This has become the rallying cry of scientists and those that support science in this country. It is in response to the sad and extensive litany of injustices done to science and scientists in Canada over the past few years.
13th Annual RE$EARCH MONEY conference
Budget 2014: Rebalancing Innovation Support Programs
22-23 April 2014
National Arts Centre,, Ottawa
This year, the RE$EARCH MONEY conference will look at how Budget 2014 is changing the balance between indirect and direct support of firms and the balance between supporting basic and applied research in academia and academic-industrial research collaboration.
FedDev Ontario rolls out $200M Advanced Manufacturing Fund to boost creation and adoption of leading edge technologies
Canada’s industrial heartland is receiving $200 million over five years in federal funds to enhance global competitiveness through the development of cutting-edge manufactured products and technologies.
Canadian researchers and companies have an unprecedented opportunity to tap into billions of dollars in collaborative projects with their European counterparts, but concerns over a dearth of funding and lack of coordination between funders in this country means many of these opportunities could be lost.