Canada’s emphasis on commercial research is criticized

September 5, 2014 6:00 pm
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An episode of CBC’s The Current, hosted by Chris Hadfield, dealt with the Canadian government’s increasing support for commercial research over basic research. In 2013, the federal government decreed that every new dollar of research funding would be earmarked for commercial research.  One of the guests, Matt Herder, professor in Medicine and Law at Dalhousie, quoted the statistic that while NSERC’s Discovery and Training grants are projected to decline by 20% between 2010 and 2015, its industry-partnered grants are expected to rise 25%—a trend that may hold at other of Canada’s granting agencies. Daniel Guitton, the McGill neuroscientist, criticized this emphasis on commercially-oriented funding.


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