International science collaborations have never been more active than during the pandemic. The sharing of scientific information across borders — from genomic datasets to open-access journal articles — has allowed for rapid progress in the fight against COVID-19 that would otherwise have been hamstrung.
Organization: National Science Foundation
Canada and the United States have established a formal research partnership between the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the US National Science Foundation to advance collaboration in fundamental discovery research.
A massive science bill in the US could double the National Science Foundation’s budget over the next five years; Canada’s federal funding agencies prioritize research data management with a new policy, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada launches a new $165.7-million clean tech program, and more.
Ottawa invests more than $44 million to bolster cleantech R&D innovation, US President Joseph Biden asks for US $13.5 billion increase in federal R&D spending, the University of British Columbia’s COVID-19 rapid testing clinic to be a first in Canada, and more.
The 2021 federal budget gives a big boost to the NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program, BC budget provides $500 million to new fund for tech startups, US President Joe Biden proposes funding surge for federal research agencies, Canada’s Stem Cell Network to receive $45 million dollars for regenerative medicine therapies, and more.
The federal government needs to support an inclusive engineering biology ecosystem that leverages Canadian-grown capacities across industry, academia and government, Bettina Hamelin, president and CEO of Ontario Genomics, says in an editorial. Canada needs a comprehensive and aligned roadmap for a public-private partnership and investment strategy to benefit from the increasing opportunities in this emerging sector, she says.
Healthcare IT startup Verto acquires seed funding, Ottawa launches Science Horizons internship program, Vector Institute creates engineering arm to operationalize AI, and more.
President Donald Trump intention to slash key areas of his government’s research spending is inadvertently providing an incentive for new research collaborations between the United States and Canada.
The president’s fiscal 2018 budget, unveiled earlier this year, proposed massive cuts for climate science, medical research and energy projects across government, including major granting organizations such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency. Despite a reprieve in early May when Congress voted to mostly maintain current budgets for the rest of 2017, it’s uncertain whether the axe can be avoided again in 2018.
President Donald Trump’s push for major cuts to research funding in the US are fueling even closer scientific ties between our two countries. Preliminary talks have begun between the US National Science Foundation and research funders in Canada to kickstart new research collaborations in quantum computing, the brain, biodiversity and the Arctic. Recent meetings held in both Ottawa and Washington are expected, as a first step, to result in a Dear Colleague letter from the NSF encouraging its researchers to identify opportunities for joint projects the rapidly evolving field of brain research.
US companies performed US$395.6 billion in R&D in 2013, 18% ($73.1 billion) of which was performed in other countries, according to the latest data from the National Science Foundation. The closely watched manufacturing sector accounted for the bulk of industry R&D outlays ($272.6 billion/68.9%) led by computer and electronics products ($85.5 billion) and pharmaceuticals and…