South Korea’s Medipost acquires OmniaBio for contract development and manufacturing; Ottawa introduces legislation to bolster trust in the digital economy; a new oil sands alliance combines Canada’s three major oil producers, KPMG Canada and MaRS Discovery District launch a climate impact accelerator program, and more.
Organization: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
The new Canada Innovation and Investment Agency faces daunting challenges and will need political autonomy, be free to take risks in picking companies and sectors for funding, and have strong private sector support to succeed in increasing business R&D investment and innovation, say innovation and policy experts.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has made some progress in implementing the two-year old federal Indigenous Strategic Research Plan, although Indigenous stakeholders caution it could take generations to fully implement the plan and see the impact on reconciliation.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council will now consider a research proposal and grant application written entirely in nêhiyawewin (Cree language) after initially rejecting it, and will pilot a first-of-its-kind merit review by Cree-speaking scholars of the proposal.
The Short Report – Feb. 9, 2022: Quebec gets Canada’s first universal quantum computer, Canadian cleantech companies receive more than $52 million in SDTC funding, Ocean Supercluster announces largest project to date, public servants learn about AI, new VP of research programs at CIHR, and more.
Annual research income at Canada’s top 50 research universities increased only slightly in fiscal year 2020 while the top 50 research colleges had a nearly 21-per-cent jump in research income, according to annual rankings in reports by Research Infosource Inc.
Alberta’s four major universities have put a hold on developing new research initiatives and renewing existing research agreements with entities in China, as directed by the provincial government. All four universities also have submitted reports to Alberta Advanced Education detailing all agreements, research relationships, institutional relations and joint ventures under way with entities connected to the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party.
Canada’s first JDRF Centre of Excellence in Type 1 diabetes research, science and technology standing committee members announced, Ottawa invests in pandemic research and vaccine confidence projects, and more.
BioVectra’s funding boost creates room for mRNA vaccine production; UNESCO’s Science Commission unanimously adopts the Recommendation on Open Science; the Government of Canada celebrates Canada’s top natural sciences and engineering research talent, and more.
FEDERAL ELECTION The Liberal Party of Canada released its full platform on Wednesday, including a number of promises on research and innovation. The party’s proposals include a permanent Council of Economic Advisors, reforms to the Scientific Research and Experimental Development Program to “reduce red tape,” an additional 1,000 Canada Research Chairs, a $75-million fund to help colleges and…