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…
Innovation Canada has shifted its “entire portfolio,” to responding to the COVID-19 crisis, from the Strategic Innovation Fund to Canada’s innovation superclusters, says federal assistant deputy minister Andrea Johnston.
Canada’s innovation superclusters are proving their value during the COVID-19 crisis and are well positioned to help lead the post-COVID economic recovery, the five superclusters’ CEOs told a Research Money webinar.
The federal government is providing $1.2 billion in emergency funding to help startups and rural businesses survive the COVID-19 crisis. Participants in Canada’s innovation sector say government could also help by providing tax incentives, matching funding and loans for angel investment.
The Fonds de recherche du Québec – santé (FRQS), the Quebec government’s health sciences research arm, will provide $2 million to help create the Centre de Recherche en Biologie Structurale (CRBS) at McGill University. The centre aims to advance understanding of the fundamental biological mechanisms of disease, which could help address medical challenges like targeting treatments to specific…
Some of Canada’s 12,000 Canadian-owned small tech and innovative companies have already folded while others are being bought at fire-sale prices by large U.S. companies. Unless the government takes stronger measures, things will get worse, business leaders say.
This week, innovation hubs closed their doors and moved programming online, researchers made a critical discovery for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, and the University of Alberta eliminated 400 positions in response to steep funding cuts from the provincial government.
Three maritime research projects led by researchers at the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) have received more than $3 million in funding through a joint international funding initiative between the Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR) in France and the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ). The projects address issues related to sustainable ocean transport, the effects of…
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 Global Institute for Food Security is providing $675,000 to the University of Saskatchewan for interdisciplinary social science research aimed at accelerating innovation-to-commercialization in Canada’s agri-food sector. The research will look at why some innovative technologies don’t get implemented and used, and how to improve social acceptance of new technologies.