By Howard Burton
Anyone anxious to solicit government funding for their cause quickly learns that “precedent” is a four letter word: “I’d love to help you, sir”, says the earnest bureaucrat, “but there is no existing program for your project”.
Federal Science : Working Together for Canadians
Dr William G. Doubleday
The need for excellent science to support government policies and actions is compelling. Experience with the Canadian blood system and mad cow disease in the United Kingdom demonstrates the high costs of failure to incorporate sound science in government policy quickly and effectively.
New thinking needed for managing federal S&T
By Dr Peter Hackett
The federal in-house S&T capacity is the only entity that the federal government can explicitly direct to meet Canada’s needs in an era in which science is the defining force in society.
The Seven Sins of Science Writers
By Peter Calamai
Nobel laureate Sir Harold Kroto, a British chemist who worked briefly at the National Research Council of Canada, recently voiced a long-standing complaint common among scientists about the media coverage of science.
Linking research investment to value creation
By Dr Robert Crawhall
Today in Canada, we are in the midst of a fundamental restructuring of the Information, Computing and Telecommunications (ICT) industry in Canada.
The Future of E-Learning
By David Pecaut
Let’s look at e-learning from the perspective of our children. Children are exposed to the Internet from an early age. It’s as much a part of their lives as television was to the previous generation.
Innovation Strategy’s Most Difficult Challenge
By Benoit Godin
The Federal Government has just released its new Innovation Strategy. The document sets a series of important targets to be achieved by 2010 for the country, among them: rank among the top five countries in terms of R&D performance; double the Government of Canada’s current investments in R&D; rank among world leaders in new innovations; and double the number of research personnel in our current labour force.
Hats Off to the Bureaucrats
By Ron Freedman
Industry Canada and HRDC bureaucrats deserve praise for keeping the innovation policy ship of state afloat through stormy political seas. Surviving a fiscal downturn, last-minute ministerial changes, central agency meddling, and internecine party warfare, the Government of Canada’s new innovation strategy (Achieving Excellence: Investing in People, Knowledge and Opportunity) boldly outlines 10 federal priorities and 15 explicit short- and long-term targets.
The View from a Research Grants Office
By Dennis Fitzpatrick
Recent science research funding news has been excellent. Significant Federal government commitments have been made. The budget of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) increased by $ 36.
Some Hard Facts on “Soft Sciences”
By Dr Marc Renaud
When young people seek advice on what to study at university, the “fact-based” comments they get back are often like these: “The smartest people are going into the “hard” sciences.