A massive science bill in the US could double the National Science Foundation’s budget over the next five years; Canada’s federal funding agencies prioritize research data management with a new policy, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada launches a new $165.7-million clean tech program, and more.
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In a recent report for the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, Sheldon Levy, special advisor to the federal minister of small business and export promotion, argued that government should identify and support select firms with high potential to become global competitors. “There are many countries that have to pick their laneway and can’t be the best at everything all the time,” Levy told Research Money.
Too often, the products of science and research done within Canada’s borders ends up being sold or commercialized elsewhere. But there’s been a strong effort in the last few months to attempt to reverse the decades-long trend, writes Research Money’s managing editor Sebastian Leck.
Ottawa invests $80 million to position Canada as a cyber security leader, German and Canadian institutes partner on material acceleration centre, the third Arctic Science Ministerial promotes Arctic science collaboration and Indigenous research priorities, and more.
The COVID pandemic showed that society is capable of dramatic and rapid change when the situation calls for it. In the current social environment, similar action is needed to turn women’s increasing wealth into a foundation for more equitable entrepreneurship, economic growth and innovation, says Maria Pacella, the managing partner at Pender Ventures, in an op-ed.
The Government of Canada seeks to bolster Canada’s biomanufacturing capacity, D-Wave receives $40 million to accelerate Canada’s quantum technology development, the federal government invests in Canada’s longest-ever study on aging, Quebec’s Lion Electric gets ready to break ground on a new battery manufacturing plant, and more.
Canada has launched its first patent collective to help data-driven clean tech companies understand, generate and strategically use intellectual property in scaling up. The Innovation Asset Collective, backed by $30 million in federal funding, includes a defensive “war chest” to help Canadian SMEs defend their patents in an often predatory global IP marketplace.
Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada, in a detailed response to growing criticisms, defends the federal government’s innovation performance, policies and programs.
By Bert van den Berg The New North Star II report should be lauded for suggesting the creation of a national, challenge-driven industrial strategy. As others have noted, such a strategy would represent an important change for Canada. Past decades have seen a laissez-faire approach focused on ensuring favourable business conditions … an approach that…
Canada refused visas to dozens of African researchers seeking to attend the Neural Information Processing Systems conference (NeurIPS) in Vancouver next month. The visas were commonly denied on suspicions that the participants would not leave Canada once the conference was over. The issue is recurring: last year, more than 100 attendees were denied visas to the…