On behalf of Canadian scientists, we therefore request a doubling of the budgets for open operating grants of CIHR (Project and Foundation schemes) and NSERC (Discovery grants) by the end of the first mandate of the Liberal government. Supporting the open operating grants programs is the only way to efficiently foster high level research and scientific discovery across all areas. Typically, about 70% of an operating grant support the salaries of the creative minds that drive Canadian discovery and innovation, most notably the young and highly-qualified technicians, research assistants, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows who represent the next generation of high-tech employees.
In 2017 we celebrate the 150th birthday of our country, and a history that is rich in scientific and engineering landmarks. Let’s ensure that Canada’s scientists have all the essential ingredients for their work: cutting-edge facilities and equipment as well as the operating funds necessary to carry out their research at internationally competitive levels. The investment we are requesting, beginning with the 2017 federal budget and sustained through to the end of the first Trudeau mandate will support discovery and applied research that will promote advances in healthcare, technology and industry. Doubling the open operating grant programs at CIHR and NSERC will create thousands of excellent jobs across the country, and will position Canada as a leading force of the knowledge economy at the global scale.
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