The recently concluded 17th annual RE$EARCH MONEY conference proved to be another success. The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive, and already there are new ideas about how to make next year’s conference yet another must-attend event for the STI policy and investment community.
It’s not every day that STI stakeholders gather to discuss the pertinent issues of the day. So it was exciting to hear from a wide range of different geographies, sectors and levels of government. Whether it was in the plenary or break-out panel discussions or in networking breaks, discussions were insightful and productive.
The winter-spring season in Canada coincides with the fiscal year of some government, both at the federal and provincial levels. Thus, British Columbia’s new government handed down its first full budget last February 20 while Ontario is scheduled to announce its budget on March 28. But none was more anticipated by the R&D and innovation communities than the federal budget, which delivered up to $6.4 billion over five years in commitments for the sector.
The National Research Council (NRC) and its Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) will receive $148 million in new funding through the 2018 federal Budget to support a “reimagined” NRC calibrated to deliver on the federal government’s Innovation and Skills Plan.
Finance minister Bill Morneau has announced that the 2018 federal budget will be tabled on February 27. Morneau said pre-budget consultations reached record participation with more than 1.5 million people reached and nearly 38,000 submissions received. The R&D and innovation communities, in particular, are eagerly anticipating Budget 2018 with the hopes of increased funding in…
Polytechnics and colleges are once again making the case for what they say is a fair share of funding for applied research. In their pre-Budget submissions to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, Polytechnics Canada, and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) are asking to double the funding made available to applied research in previous Budgets.