The HIBAR Research Alliance, an international network of research leaders, is tackling the long-running debate over funding basic research versus applied research by integrating the best of both types of research. Highly Integrative Basic and Responsive (HIBAR) research builds upon excellence in basic research as well as excellence in application and social engagement.
Topic: University Research
Two University of Toronto scientists – both women – have won the country’s top awards in science and engineering. They want to see more women participating in STEM fields, especially at the post-graduate level.
Toronto-based MaRS Discovery District has proposed expanding some of its innovation components to Calgary. However, key players involved in exploratory talks say the $60-million “MaRS West” initiative will need to complement, not compete with, Calgary’s existing innovation entities and ecosystem.
INVESTING IN INNOVATION Alberta Innovates announced over $3 million in funding for 17 successful projects in its Digital Innovation in Clean Energy (DICE) program. These projects will develop and bring technology to market that creates jobs in the digital economy, improves the efficiency of energy production, reduces GHG emissions and contributes to environmental innovations in water…
Vancouver-based biotech firm AbCellera, using its technology spun off research at University of British Columbia, is fast-tracking testing and clinical trials of therapeutic antibodies against COVID-19.
A PhD student’s novel software is revolutionizing drug discovery and laying the groundwork for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Canada can build its 5G networks wthout Huawei, but the Chinese telecom giant’s participation would likely improve innovation, price and delivery. A federal decision on Huawei’s potential role is expected soon. Meanwhile, Rogers Communications, which has partnered with Swedish equipment supplier Ericsson, lit up Canada’s first 5G network last week.
New federal funding aimed at increasing Canada’s resilience to wildfire comes after a steep, 40-year decline in wildfire science and research. With hundreds of forest communities at risk from wildfire, the funding is encouraging but will need to be increased and sustained to make a difference, forest experts say.
Alberta will implement performance-based funding in its post-secondary system next fall, despite decidedly mixed results on whether the strategy improves higher education and research outcomes.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research and partners are investing $24.5 million to explore the health risks and benefits of cannabis.