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The independent nine-member panel was struck last June by federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan to find better ways to make the most of funding given to three research granting councils and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.
“We are firmly convinced that by strengthening the foundations of Canadian research, this government can make an immediate and major difference to the prospects of future generations,” the report concludes.
The panel was led by David Naylor, the former president of the University of Toronto, and received over 1,200 submissions during its work, which also included a dozen roundtables in five cities with 230 researchers.
The study focused on 10 different questions related to the funding of scientific research, supporting the next generation of emerging researchers, and whether or not there’s a healthy balance between who is getting funded and ensuring a full range of research is being carried out.
The landscape needs both of what the panel called redwoods and mayflowers.
“Panel members fully appreciate the importance of innovation to Canada’s prosperity and are sympathetic to elite programming that seeks to reward and amplify excellence,” the report says.
The new money the panel recommends — increasing the current spend from $ 3.5 billion to $ 4.8 billion by 2022 — would be spread between direct research projects, operating funds for research facilities, scholarships and fellowships and facilities and administrations costs.