Dear CSMB members
We would like to bring to your attention that the government is currently soliciting feedback in advance of Budget 2021 and invites all Canadians to fill out the following questionnaire.
This consultation is open until February 19, 2021
We encourage you to provide your feedback, and particularly this question:
If you were designing the federal budget, what would you like to see in it to help create jobs and grow Canada’s economy?
We encourage you to review the recent pre-budget CSMB submission and our recommendations, here is what CSMB recommends
That the Government implement all recommendations from the 2017 Fundamental Science Review, notably:
- Recommendation 1: That the Government significantly increase investment in science and discovery research in line with the recommendations of the Report, by 25%.
- Recommendation 2: That the Government increase investment in training of the next generation of scientists, over 4 years, to an additional $140M per year (increases at $35M per year).
- Recommendation 3: That the Government increase its investment in the Research Support Fund, over 4 years, to an additional $478M to help institutions across Canada to support their researchers as effectively and efficiently as possible.
- Recommendation 4: That the Government increase investments to support investigator initiated fundamental research at CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC by increased investments into the granting councils.
Science has an important role to play in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the voice of scientists needs to be heard.
Please participate in these important consultations!
Dr. Imogen R. Coe
President of the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences
Watch the session Roles & Responsibilities of Academic Science Societies in informing Policy: Lessons & Observations from Around the World – November 17th at 8:30 via zoom, as part of the Canadian Science Policy Conference which takes place virtually this year.
Take a look at the whole program here: https://sciencepolicyconference.ca/program-2020-2/
Panel description and participants
In contrast to other parts of the world, science societies in Canada have traditionally had limited interaction with policy makers. There are few examples of an intentional mission by science societies or even perhaps a perceived need among scientists to engage with politicians, decision makers or policy influencers with the exception of, perhaps, the Royal Society of Canada, which has, to some degree, tried to provide academic input to the federal government on specific issues. + + +
Read CSMB’s submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance for Pre-Budget Consultations in advance of the 2021 budget:
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Congratulations to our Vice-President, Dr. Imogen Coe, on receiving a Science Ambassador Award from Partners in Research Canada (PIR http://www.pirweb.org/en/). PIR is a registered Canadian charity founded in 1988 to help Canadians understand the significance, accomplishments and promise of biomedical research in advancing health and medicine. Since its genesis, PIR has broadened its scope to encompass all areas of academic and applied research as fields of discovery and study for Canadian students.
Science Ambassador Award – Dr. Imogen Coe – Ryerson University
With more than two decades as a research scientist and professor, Dr. Imogen R. Coe has been a dedicated science ambassador, narrowing the gap between academic science and the public’s scientific literacy, and expanding equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). An exceptional science communicator, Dr. Coe is a popular speaker in Canada and internationally, with more than 120 invited presentations, 80 of which were at public outreach events. She aims to cultivate a passion for science in Canadians from all walks of life, including children, students, adults, the general public and professional groups.
The CBC and the major magazine L’Actualité have both published articles quoting CSMB President Tarik Möröy, who appeared on a hearing on Canada’s response to COVID-19 at the House of Commons Standing committee on Health.
He told the House of Commons health committee last week that Canada is the only country that had a major national health research funding agency cancel its grants during the crisis.
He acknowledged that Canada was quick to mobilize funds for research related to COVID-19, but worries about the long-term impacts.
“We worry that this is at the expense of other health research that then will still be necessary after the pandemic is over,” Moroy told the committee.
Scientists concerned focus on COVID-19 disrupting regular health research funds – on CBC.ca
Un financement compromis pour les recherches autres que celles sur la COVID-19 – on lactualite.com