The COVID-19 pandemic has been called a “stress test” for open science — one that, by most accounts, it passed. The sharing of new scientific knowledge and data about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its impacts has been fast and furious. But not all experts are convinced that open will become the new norm for science in Canada. At least, not yet.
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The Conservative Party of Canada releases its innovation plan, more than 330 university research projects receive $77 million through the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the federal government pours $61.5 million into the next phase of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, and more.
Ottawa prepares for future pandemics with launch of life science strategy, CellCAN and CCRM launch a new cell and gene therapy institute to tackle gaps in training, a new fund dedicated to developing transit solutions for rural and remote communities, and more.
Ottawa and partners commit $60 million to natural resources and environmental genomics projects, applied research funding at Canadian colleges gets a boost, and more.
Genome Canada’s portal for tracking variants of concern across Canada is up and running; a Carleton biology team gets support for bolstering ecosystem conservation; Protein Industries Canada starts the second phase of plans to boost plant-based foods, feed and ingredients; a briefing from the Royal Society of Canada calls on federal leadership to stabilize the postsecondary sector; and more.
To keep track of the array of agencies and programs receiving funding, Research Money has created a list of the STI initiatives benefiting from the 2021 federal budget.
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.
Canada is poised to launch a national portal that will provide a near real-time snapshot of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic across Canada, including the detection and spread of variants of concern. It will also establish the national data infrastructure Canada needs to track future pandemics.
Genome Canada launches a SARS-CoV-2 data portal to consolidate variants of concern data in one place, Calgary’s Suncor Energy invests in carbon capture technology to offset GHG emissions, Government of Canada invests $185 million in an agricultural program to share best practices for storing carbon, and more.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday a new strategy to address variants of concern in the COVID-19 pandemic. The $53-million strategy aims to rapidly expand Canada’s surveillance, sequencing and research efforts. It brings together the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory, the Canadian COVID Genomics Network (CanCOGen), the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) as well as the provinces and territories.