Canada Research Coordinating Committee Consultation

Wed. Aug. 15, 2018

The Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) launched a national consultation on July 27, 2018, to reinvigorate Canada’s support for science and to position Canada as a global leader in research excellence.

As you may know, the federal government announced a new tri-agency fund in Budget 2018 with an investment of $275 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, and $65 million per year ongoing. This funding is in addition to investments to support investigator-driven research.

The consultation will focus on three priorities:

  1. Creating the new tri-agency fund to support international, interdisciplinary, fast-breaking and high-risk research;
  2. Strengthening equity, diversity and inclusion in research; and
  3. Supporting early-career researchers.

Members of the CRCC are also meeting with stakeholders from the research community at roundtable discussions across the country. Stakeholders include a diverse and inclusive blend of senior institutional officials, Indigenous scholars, early- and mid-career researchers. The first meeting took place at the University of Ottawa in late July, with more meetings to follow in the coming month.

In addition to the roundtable discussions, an online consultation is open to all Canadians until August 27, 2018. Following the consultation process, we will validate what we hear from the community, and move forward with a call for proposals this fall for the tri-agency fund.

CRCC members have been moving forward with a number of other key actions related to measures announced in the most recent federal budget. These actions include supporting institutions through the adoption of the Athena SWAN program, and co-developing with Indigenous communities, an interdisciplinary research and research training model that contributes to reconciliation. 

This is a great opportunity to reach out to your networks and encourage the research community, as well as the next generation of scientists, scholars and students to share their views with us.