The Green Part of Canada releases its campaign platform, early-career neuroscience researchers get a boost, The51 Ventures launches a Food & AgTech Fund to support women-led & diverse businesses, and more.
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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.
Ontario announces support for hundreds of research projects across the province; Quebec’s INO optics and photonics research centre gets a boost, Nova Scotia launches a forestry innovation centre, and more.
Resilience Biotechnologies receives significant funding to produce made-in-Canada vaccines, Ottawa extends the CAN Health Network project in Ontario by one year with a $3.25-million investment, Canada’s nuclear leaders collaborate on the decommissioning process, and more.
Two separate groups are hoping to safeguard Canada against future semiconductor chip shortages. CMC Microsystems has applied for $120 million to expand domestic manufacturing capacity for niche applications, while a new semiconductor council has started work on a National Semiconductor Strategy and Action Plan.
BDC Capital is behind the launch of a $200-million Deep Tech Venture Fund that will invest in early stage companies in quantum information science, photonics, electronics, foundational artificial intelligence—all sectors that have been underfunded in Canada.
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.
This week in The Short Report, the Canadian Association of Science Centres receives funding to address vaccine misinformation while U of T targets strategies to reduce fear of needles; the University of Alberta receives industry funding to bolster wheat-breeding capacity, the Rideau Hall Foundation recognizes excellence in innovation, 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.
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.