In collaborating with the WHO and other governments, Canada’s funding agencies have moved rapidly to channel more than $52 million in federal funding to rapid response research at Canadian universities.
Organization: Canada Research Coordinating Committee
The Short Report: New Parliamentary standing committee proposed for science and research; new Protein Industries Supercluster projects; Alberta cuts post-secondary education funding while Ontario increases it; boosting competitiveness of Canada’s mining sector; creating research internships for students; Canadian science for the Moon; developing small nuclear reactor technology; and more.
A $10-million program to support Canadian researchers participating in Horizon 2020, the European Union’s flagship research funding program, could lead to much closer, long-term research ties between Canada and the EU.
Canada’s Tri-Council of major government funding agencies and Indigenous partners across the country have co-developed a new Indigenous research strategic plan. The plan, which proposes a new interdisciplinary research and research screening model, represents a significant new approach by the federal government and a contribution to reconciliation. With implementation starting this spring, the strategy aims to ensure Indigenous peoples lead and control any research involving them.
The Canada Research Coordinating Committee released an outline of the international stream of the New Frontiers in Research Fund, which will include up to $50 million in funding over five years to support Canadian researchers who are part of global teams funded through major European R&D programs Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe.
The Canada Research Coordinating Committee has released its first progress report, highlighting accomplishments to date on five priority areas: interdisciplinary, international, high-risk/high-rewards, rapid response research; key emerging research areas; equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI); Indigenous research; and, the needs of early career researchers (ECR). Activities over the coming year include: calls for applications under the…
The tri-council granting agencies are determined to support more interdisciplinary research. But there are still several barriers to overcome before this can happen.
Policies and programs to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in research have been largely ineffective, say experts.
The New Frontiers in Research Fund will supplant the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program, a flagship science and innovation policy initiative that has been a centrepiece of Canadian science for nearly 30 years.
Its mission accomplished – with caveats – for Dr Mario Pinto as the president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) takes his leave from the granting council one year short of his five-year term to return to academia.