Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaigned on a new $2-billion Canadian advanced research agency modelled after the U.S. Defense Advance Research Program Agency (DARPA). But innovation advocates told Research Money the Liberals should hold off on creating the new agency in favour of focusing on IP ownership.
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A Canadian advanced research agency is closer to becoming a reality now that both the Liberals and Conservatives are promising to create one, says the executive-director of the Canadian Council of Innovators (CCI).
Governments in Ottawa and Quebec City have committed hundreds of millions of dollars in support for aerospace companies after the pandemic decimated the sector.
The non-profit Evidence for Democracy has released a framework to judge government policies based on the level of transparency around evidence.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is much more focused on his government’s response to COVID-19 than on science and innovation priorities, judging by the PM’s updated mandate letter to the minister of innovation. The letter mentions the world “innovation” once, compared with more than a half-dozen references to COVID-19 and the federal response to the pandemic
More than 130 leading entrepreneurs want the federal government to end what they call a “patchwork” approach to innovation.
Iain Stewart becomes the new president of the Public Health Agency of Canada on Sept. 28th; OnCall Health seeks to expand partnerships and customers with its new round of funding; the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program and Innovate BC sign an MOU; the Canada Foundation for Innovation appoints three new members to its board.
The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada is asking Ottawa to take immediate action, including a new investment bank, wage subsidies, R&D funding and a long-term sector strategy, to help its members recover from the devastating economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vancouver-based AbCellera Biologics will receive up to $175.6 million from the federal Strategic Innovation Fund to fast-track antibody therapies against COVID-19. The funding will also go to build a first-of-its-kind antibody manufacturing facility over the next four years to help Canada respond to future pandemics. AbCellera has partnered with global biopharmaceutical company Eli Lilly to…
In collaborating with the WHO and other governments, Canada’s funding agencies have moved rapidly to channel more than $52 million in federal funding to rapid response research at Canadian universities.