#NextGenCanScience twitter campaign re-launch for Banting’s birthday – November 14

In Budget 2018 released earlier this year, the Canadian research community saw – and celebrated – a substantial increase to federal funding supporting basic science research. However, this increase was not extended to the number of studentships and fellowships supporting trainees.

In response, the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences is re-launching our Twitter campaign #NextGenCanScience in the hopes of increasing public awareness about the importance of government funding for studentships and fellowships from the Tri-Council Agencies: CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC.

Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of Insulin and Nobel Laureate, holds universal regard as one of Canada’s greatest scientists; for this reason, awards at both levels carry his name (the CGS-D and Banting PDF Award). As we seek federal support for the next generation of Bantings, and recognition of present and future Canadian research excellence, we ask that you join us on Twitter on Frederick Banting’s Birthday (Wednesday November 14th, 2018).

We are asking graduate students and postdocs to tweet to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau about how funding from the Tri-Councils has helped you and your lab with your research, and in your career. If you have received funding, a studentship or if your lab is funded, please tweet!


We are aiming for 500 trainee tweets from across Canada on November 14th!


Here’s How

Print out the following sign in English or French:


Customizable files for printing:




Take a selfie of yourself doing research – wet or dry lab work

Tweets can include how funding from CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC has helped your:

  • Research (e.g. you were able to continue your research in your field)
  • Career (e.g. you have been able to complete a PhD with funding)


In order for tweets to add to the campaign and are seen by the federal government, please include the following: