Canada’s more than 1.2 million small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) contribute substantially to our country’s economic growth, innovation, and job creation. Defined as companies with fewer than 500 employees, 99.8 percent of Canada’s employers are SMEs. Generating approximately 54.9 percent of Canada’s GDP by the private sector, the success of our SMEs is crucial to recovery through COVID-19 and future…
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Science is essential to ensuring Canada has the tools, opportunities, and expertise needed to address the most pressing questions we face as a country. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced Dr. Mona Nemer’s reappointment as Canada’s Chief Science Advisor. In this role, Dr. Nemer will continue to promote science and its benefits for Canadians, and provide impartial scientific advice…
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Women’s health research is chronically underfunded, and women’s health receives little attention across the spectrum of health research, from funding to academic opportunities. Although steps have been taken to incorporate sex and gender-based analysis (SGBA) into research in Canada, there is a continued lack of analyses of sex and gender across health research areas. This lack of attention paid to SGBA and…
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Representatives of India and Canada expanded their existing partnership today that extends student mobility and enhances research collaborations between academia and industry. The new agreement between All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Mitacs enables 30 master’s students to participate in research exchanges in Canada through Mitacs’s internship program. This opportunity allows students to gain applied research opportunities in…
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A collaboration between a Chinese company and a Halifax research team aiming to carry out Canada’s first clinical trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine has been abandoned amid rising tensions between the two countries. The partnership between the National Research Council of Canada and CanSino Biologics was announced by the federal government in May. A team at the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology…
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In its 20th year, the Canada Research Chairs Program continues to provide opportunities for researchers to excel in their fields, and build teams of experts at Canadian institutions. In spring 2020, the Government of Canada invested $140 million towards 182 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs. This is the first of two cycles of Canada Research Chairs funding to be…
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In her most recent Forward Thinking post, Dr. Bev Holmes unpacked what it means to be a responsible and responsive health research funder during a pandemic. With my first Forward Thinking post in my new role as Vice President, Research for MSFHR, I reflect on what success looks like for responsive and responsible research funding. Forward Thinking is MSFHR’s blog focusing on what it takes…
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Canada’s three federal research granting agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)—recognize the vital role that highly qualified talent plays in the research enterprise and the need to sustain the talent pipeline during the major disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.…
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Many diseases, including COVID-19, can attack men and women in different ways. Why this is depends on a complex mix of biology and behaviour that can be difficult to untangle. But we do know that these differences are more likely to be considered if medical research involves female scientists, which makes the current state of scientific endeavoUr on COVID-19, where women…
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Government of Canada Invests Almost $500 Million in Science and Engineering

As the Government of Canada focuses on responding to the challenges of COVID-19, it also recognizes the invaluable contributions of Canadian researchers in the natural sciences and engineering. That is why the Government continues to support the discovery research being done at Canadian universities to help build the foundation for innovation and economic growth. As part of this commitment to…
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