UBC makes a $3-billion pledge to drive solutions and discoveries; upskilling Canada’s cell and gene therapy manufacturing capacity, Dr. Gilles Brassard wins prestigious US Breakthrough Award, and more.
Topic: Canada Foundation for Innovation
Canada’s leading research facilities get an infrastructure boost; NSERC has an inaugural scholar, thanks to a pilot program with Toronto Metropolitan University, researching the impact of social ties to health and wellbeing, and more.
CNL announces project agreement for construction of its new Advanced Nuclear Materials Research Centre, the Canada Foundation for Innovation launches its flagship competition fund for 2023, SSHRC and Mitacs celebrate Canada’s researchers and innovators, and more.
The National Research Council (NRC) has launched more than 200 collaborative R&D projects valued at $93 million, enabling groups of its researchers to develop disruptive technologies alongside researchers from industry, academia and not-for-profits.
Canada’s support for fundamental research has fallen by a third between 2005 and 2015, but many in the Canadian research community are concerned the federal government doesn’t appear to be in any hurry to take action. The deterioration in federal support — occurring over a period closely corresponding to the decade in which the government of Stephen Harper was in power — witnessed a major swing in funding from fundamental to applied research, with 40% of researchers reporting a similar shift in their focus.