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An Open Letter to the 40th Parliament from Canada’s Research Community

Dear Parliamentarians,

“Publicly Funded Research: The Essential Foundation for  Excellence in Commercialization.” So wrote Industry Canada’s business-based Expert Panel on the Commercialization of R&D.

Their 2006 recommendations “are based on one key premise: continuing government commitment to publicly funded research carried out with little or no expectation of commercial application.” (What we call basic research.) “The challenge for government is to increase — not merely maintain — its investments in publicly funded research, while encouraging private sector R&D”.

In other words, this distinguished primarily-business group insists that we must have increased but balanced investments in basic and targeted research.

It’s widely accepted that basic research is essential to our long-term prosperity, and we can’t rely on the rest of the world to do it for us.

Recent Budgets contained some welcome support for university research. But, unlike the U.S., basic research is being squeezed in favour of increased shorter-term targeted efforts. Please use your influence to ensure that Canada’s research granting agencies and universities have the money for increased support of basic research too.


Roland Andersson
Acting Chair, Canadian Consortium for Research


CCR submission to the 2006 pre-budget consultations

The Canadian Consortium for Research (CCR) is a coalition of 15 national organizations representing over 500,000 individuals on the front lines of research and study in Canada. Our members are from the public and private sectors and engage in basic and applied research, study and practice in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. The working experience of our members has informed the Consortium’s deliberations and shaped our recommendations to the Committee.

Our advice is straightforward. To build a dynamic and productive economy – one in which Canadians enjoy the best quality of life and the highest possible standard of living – the federal government must significantly increase its spending to support:
– the core operations of post-secondary institutions through a dedicated transfer;
– the federal research granting agencies; and
– its own research infrastructure.