CIFAR congratulates the Government of Canada on the historic investment in science announced in Budget 2018.
The federal budget proposes to invest $925 million over five years in the three federal granting councils – the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). This is the most new funding for fundamental research through the granting councils to date.
The budget also includes investment in the Canada Research Chairs program, a new international and interdisciplinary research fund, new funding for infrastructure through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and increased funding for a reenergized National Research Council (NRC). In total, nearly $4 billion has been committed over the next five years to Canada’s research ecosystem.
Overall, Budget 2018 is excellent news for Canadian science. It represents a balanced and strategic approach to the operational, infrastructure and personnel needs of modern research and recognizes that Canada needs both unfettered bottom-up research as well as strategic research that responds to both opportunity and challenges.
“Budget 2018 is great news for Canadian science. It provides new money for research in the social, biological and physical sciences and humanities, enhanced support for government science, indirect costs, personnel and infrastructure,” said CIFAR President & CEO Dr. Alan Bernstein. My congratulations and thanks to the Prime Minister, and Ministers Morneau and Duncan. It’s clear the Government of Canada recognizes the centrality of fundamental research to drive the growth of the Canadian economy and improvements in the health and well being of Canadians. And only the public sector can support Canadian discoveries such as stem cells and deep learning artificial intelligence, advances that are saving Canadian lives and creating new jobs and wealth.”
Since our beginnings over 35 years ago, CIFAR has worked in close partnership with the Government of Canada to strengthen Canadian science and address challenges facing Canadians and the world. We look forward to build on this long standing partnership for the benefit of all Canadians.