A new Quebec neuroscience partnership may advance drug discovery for brain diseases through AI and Open Science; a CFI national survey shows most young adults have confidence in science; Dr. Leah Cowen has been named the University of Toronto’s vice-president, research and innovation, and strategic initiatives, and more.
Organization: Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
Dr. Heidi Bandulet, the Senior Programs Officer at Canada Foundation for Innovation, is the co-chair of the OECD’s new Global Science Forum Expert Group on Very Large Research Infrastructure. Research Money spoke to Bandulet about large research infrastructure projects, her role as Canada’s representative and how to better collaborate in the case of a global crisis like COVID-19.
Canada’s New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) — created in 2019 to fix a system that has been described at “fragmented, oversubscribed and underfunded” — has announced its first funding program. The new national not-for-profit organization says it will spend $20 million to build national research capacity and create a “broad and integrated” Canadian digital research infrastructure ecosystem.
Ottawa invests more than $44 million to bolster cleantech R&D innovation, US President Joseph Biden asks for US $13.5 billion increase in federal R&D spending, the University of British Columbia’s COVID-19 rapid testing clinic to be a first in Canada, and more.
The 2021 federal budget gives a big boost to the NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program, BC budget provides $500 million to new fund for tech startups, US President Joe Biden proposes funding surge for federal research agencies, Canada’s Stem Cell Network to receive $45 million dollars for regenerative medicine therapies, and more.
The Canada Research Chairs Program is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with $195 million to support 259 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 47 institutions across Canada.
Canadian materials researchers who depend on neutron beams are reviving stalled efforts to establish a university-led governance structure to confront a yawning neutron gap and stem the accelerating brain drain.
The St. John’s, Newfoundland-based tech startup Avalon Holographics launched its first-generation prototype display; the federal government will launch the first round of its $300-million Housing Supply Challenge, focused on the provision of reliable housing data; Alberta Premier Jason Kenney put Doug Schweitzer at the head of his new ministry of Jobs, Economy and Innovation; and more.
Statistics Canada reported record gains in Canadian manufacturing sales; the underlying technology for a COVID-19 vaccine currently being blocked from entering Canada was licensed by the NRC; the Competition Bureau of Canada is investigating Amazon.ca to determine if the site is engaging in anti-competitive practices; and more.
On Tuesday, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains announced the second instalment of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Major Science Initiatives (MSI) Fund from 2017. The new parcel of operational funding amounts to nearly $230 million for 14 national research facilities at 10 universities.