Following the release of recommendations by the Advisory Panel on Federal Support for Fundamental Science, Carleton University applauded the report’s call to strengthen the foundation of Canadian research through new investments.
The advisory panel, led by former University of Toronto president David Naylor, was released on April 10, 2017 by federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan.
“The review is one of the most important studies of how Canada can better integrate and grow its research infrastructure,” said Rafik Goubran, Carleton’s vice-president (Research and International). “If implemented, the report’s recommendations have the potential of transforming supports provided to individual university researchers and creating a stronger ecosystem that can benefit research-intensive universities such as Carleton.”
Investing in Canada’s Future: Strengthening the Foundations of Canadian Research is the most thorough review of Canada’s research infrastructure in a generation. It concludes that we must better co-ordinate existing resources and make new investments in fundamental research and solving real-world problems. The report provides an evidence-based road map to restore Canada’s global position in research and innovation.
“The report emphasizes the importance of matching funding for projects such as SNOLAB (Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Lab) which Carleton has played a leadership role in for the last 30 years,” said Goubran. “The recommendation to annually increase the base funding of the three federal granting agencies by nine percent annually would provide tangible benefits to Carleton researchers.”
Carleton University is a dynamic, research-intensive institution with a creative international approach to research that has led to many significant discoveries and creative works in science and engineering, business, public policy and the arts. Home to many award-winning researchers, Carleton is uniquely committed to exploring transdisciplinary approaches to discovery, knowledge and understanding of the world around us.