According to a “preliminary assessment” report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer, the five federally funded innovation superclusters are unlikely to attain goals for job creation and GDP growth. But the superclusters’ CEOs told Research Money the report is based on outdated data and that it’s too early to assess the superclusters’ long-term outcomes.
Topic: COVID-19 pandemic
CMC Microsystems and partner organizations in the Global MNT group have launched an initiative to help students stranded by the COVID-19 pandemic continue their research in advanced microelectronic and nanotechnologies.
The federal government’s investment of $887 million make Canada self-sufficient in manufacturing vaccines against COVID-19 and future pandemics, say medical and other experts. Along with Canadian-led vaccine development, Ottawa is investing in a network of small-scale vaccine manufacturing facilities that together will be able to produce enough vaccine for Canada’s population during pandemics.
Two national online platforms, CanCOVID and COVID-19 Resources Canada, have been launched in the span of a few weeks to help organize the research community’s unparalleled response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While many efforts are being made to help the research community, one decision by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) has been widely condemned: the suspension of the Spring 2020 Project Grant competition.
One of the largest “containment Level 3” facilities in the world, University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization – International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) in Saskatoon is receiving daily requests from researchers, companies and governments to test COVID-19 vaccines and therapies.
A growing number of Canadian universities, including some of the country’s largest, are significantly reducing the industrial carbon in their investment portfolios, a R$ survey shows. Less than a handful of universities are divesting specifically from fossil fuel holdings, but many schools also are using a “responsible investing” approach which considers environmental, social and governance factors.
NRC researchers turn to data analysis and writing as the organization adapts to new teleworking conditions.
The European Union will adapt its economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic in support of the continent-wide Green Deal adopted in December. Europe wants to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through a growth strategy that will “transform its economy and society to put it on a more sustainable path.” In a new statement, EU’s leaders…