A new CIHR-led opportunity fund will provide up to $6 million in support for Indigenous health and well being; PM Trudeau makes changes to the senior ranks of the public service; Communitech announces True North Strategy to bolster revenue of Canadian startups, and more.
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Budget 2017 funded language revitalization technologies for over 25 Indigenous languages. Researchers have used the funding to develop unique tools for teaching Indigenous languages that diverge greatly from the structure of English and French — but they are now preparing to release the software as open-source if funding for the project ends in 2022.
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.
Canada’s national climate plan needs a complementary approach focused on long-term public research and innovation to develop transformative Canadian technologies, including novel approaches to carbon management, Wilf Keller, Vice-President, Outreach at the Agri-food Innovation Council, says in an op-ed.
Canada’s university science innovation ecosystem needs a build-for-scale strategy that supports academic scientist-entrepreneurs from ideation through to commercialization, Elicia Maine, the W.J. VanDusen Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Simon Fraser University, says in an op-ed.
Alberta Innovates and the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program have been crucial to Edmonton entrepreneur Ling Huang in developing technology that helps young adults with autism and other neurodiverse individuals find long-term employment in the digital economy.
Federal Budget 2021 included the government’s largest-ever investments in intellectual property and IP services, underscoring the importance of protecting and leveraging IP for Canada’s economic growth, according to IP experts and heads of innovation groups.
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 2021 federal budget undoubtedly provided large and much-needed investments to Canadian science and technology. However, the federal government needs to better articulate its industrial policies and strategy, writes Research Money managing editor Sebastian Leck.
Nearly $3.4 billion in federal spending through the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) during the last three years has failed to improve Canada’s “disastrous” innovation performance and productivity, say some innovation and policy experts. An analysis by Research Money of SIF data shows that Ontario, Quebec and foreign-based firms have received the lion’s share of SIF funding.