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The Short Report – April 21, 2021: SIF gets $7.2 billion in 2021 federal budget, BC budget invests in new strategic fund, Biden’s funding surge, a boost for the Stem Cell Network, 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.

Biotechnology and engineering biology roadmap plus investment are key to Canada’s economic recovery

The federal government needs to support an inclusive engineering biology ecosystem that leverages Canadian-grown capacities across industry, academia and government, Bettina Hamelin, president and CEO of Ontario Genomics, says in an editorial. Canada needs a comprehensive and aligned roadmap for a public-private partnership and investment strategy to benefit from the increasing opportunities in this emerging sector, she says.

R$ talks with Dr. Rebecca Keiser — NSF international chief pursues new collaborations with Canada

President Donald Trump intention to slash key areas of his government’s research spending is inadvertently providing an incentive for new research collaborations between the United States and Canada.
The president’s fiscal 2018 budget, unveiled earlier this year, proposed massive cuts for climate science, medical research and energy projects across government, including major granting organizations such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency. Despite a reprieve in early May when Congress voted to mostly maintain current budgets for the rest of 2017, it’s uncertain whether the axe can be avoided again in 2018.

Quantum computing, brain research top list for new US-Canada collaborations

President Donald Trump’s push for major cuts to research funding in the US are fueling even closer scientific ties between our two countries. Preliminary talks have begun between the US National Science Foundation and research funders in Canada to kickstart new research collaborations in quantum computing, the brain, biodiversity and the Arctic. Recent meetings held in both Ottawa and Washington are expected, as a first step, to result in a Dear Colleague letter from the NSF encouraging its researchers to identify opportunities for joint projects the rapidly evolving field of brain research.

US companies performed 18% of their R&D in foreign countries

US companies performed US$395.6 billion in R&D in 2013, 18% ($73.1 billion) of which was performed in other countries, according to the latest data from the National Science Foundation. The closely watched manufacturing sector accounted for the bulk of industry R&D outlays ($272.6 billion/68.9%) led by computer and electronics products ($85.5 billion) and pharmaceuticals and…

Trump signs Canada-inspired bills to promote women entrepreneurship

US president Donald Trump has signed two bipartisan bills to encourage women to pursue careers in science. The bills — Promoting Women in Entrepreneurships Act and Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act — closely follow the creation of the Canada−United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders…

Banff math research station gets $10.3 million for renewal

The Banff International Research Station (BIRS) for mathematics has received $10.3 million in renewal funding from its North American backers. The largest amount comes from the US National Science Foundation ($3.68 million), followed by Alberta Advanced Education and Technology ($3.4 million) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council ($3.25 million). The Mexican partner —…