The new Canada Innovation and Investment Agency faces daunting challenges and will need political autonomy, be free to take risks in picking companies and sectors for funding, and have strong private sector support to succeed in increasing business R&D investment and innovation, say innovation and policy experts.
Organization: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Indigenous people in Canada have much higher rates of heart disease than the national average, yet they are underrepresented in cardiovascular research initiatives. A new health research network intends to correct this problem by integrating Indigenous community members into investigative work.
The Short Report – June 15, 2022: CREATE program receives new NSERC funding, feds provide up to $100M to Saskatchewan potash mine, Alberta invests in quantum hub, $24M for research on life-saving organ transplant technology, and more.
The Standing Committee on Science and Research this week tabled its first report, which recommends greater integration of federal granting council activity and a focus on investing in the people who participate in scientific enterprises.
Enlisting research subjects as research managers builds strong bridges of trust and understanding with communities that are being studied. It also yields better findings.
A consortium of AI-focused research organizations launches in Montreal; François-Philippe Champagne opens call for proposals for the $90-million ElevateIP program announced in Budget 2021; Alberta commits $50 million towards clean hydrogen technology research, and more.
The Canadian Cancer Society strengthens commercialization focus with $5 million to support seed-stage oncology companies.
The EU and Canada move toward formal negotiations on research partnership; CIHR to meet health challenges with a clinical trials fund; a nationwide research network to improve pediatric outcomes, the Courtois Foundation donates $159 million to UdeM for the discovery of new materials, and more.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has made some progress in implementing the two-year old federal Indigenous Strategic Research Plan, although Indigenous stakeholders caution it could take generations to fully implement the plan and see the impact on reconciliation.
Green Party of Ontario releases EV strategy two months ahead of provincial election, research gets a boost through the New Frontiers in Research Fund, a review of Canada’s Remote Sensing Space Systems Act is completed, and more.