Fundamental Science Review

The VP Research & Innovation Office has facilitated UBC engagement in the Fundamental Science Review announced in June 2016.

Background | Consultation | UBC Submission | ReportPost-Report Town Hall | Ongoing Engagement


The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, launched an independent review of federal funding for fundamental science in June 2016.  The review was to assess the program machinery that is currently in place to support science and scientists in Canada. The scope of the review included the three granting councils along with certain federally funded organizations such as the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

The review was led by an independent panel of distinguished research leaders and innovators including Dr. David Naylor, former president of the University of Toronto and chair of the panel. Other panelists included:

  • Dr. Robert Birgeneau, former chancellor, University of California, Berkeley
  • Dr. Martha Crago, Vice-President, Research, Dalhousie University
  • Mike Lazaridis, co-founder, Quantum Valley Investments
  • Dr. Claudia Malacrida, Associate Vice-President, Research, University of Lethbridge
  • Dr. Art McDonald, former director of the Sudbury Neutrino Laboratory, Nobel Laureate
  • Dr. Martha Piper, interim president, University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist, Quebec
  • Dr. Anne Wilson, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Successful Societies Fellow and professor of psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University

Read the news release


In forming an institutional response to the Fundamental Science Review and the innovation Agenda, UBC consultation with faculty, staff and students took the form of four roundtable meetings. At these meetings, input was received on the issues relevant to the mandates of the two federal initiatives.  

The questions that we sought input on during these sessions included:

  1. Structure of granting councils and peer review
  2. Balance between elements funded
  3. Big science
  4. Internationalization of research
  5. Develop, recruit, and retain talent
  6. Clusters for innovation
  7. Platforms

The roundtable meetings were held on:

  • Tuesday, August 30, 1.00-3.00 pm, UBC Vancouver Campus
  • Thursday, September 1, 1.00-3.00 pm, UBC Okanagan
  • Tuesday, September 6, 1.00-3.00 pm, UBC Vancouver Campus
  • Wednesday, September 7, 2:00-4:00pm, Blusson Lecture Hall, ICORD

UBC's Submission

UBC submitted its institutional response to the panel in September 2016.


Read the report

The final report was published in April, 2017.

Report of Canada's Fundamental Science Review | Executive Summary


Post-report Engagement


On Wednesday, June 21st, UBC welcomed Dr. Martha Crago, Vice President, Research at Dalhousie University and member of the Federal Science Review Panel, to UBC for a Town Hall to discuss the recent report of Canada's Fundamental Science Review.

The Town Hall attracted over 250 participants in-person at the Life Sciences Institute and via webcast. Colleagues at universities across BC were invited to participate.

View the webcast | View Dr. Crago's Slides | Read Minister Duncan's Letter to Town Hall Attendees

Ongoing engagement

Social media discussions around the report have mobilized largely around the hashtag #supportthereport.

UBC faculty have attended numerous consultations that have been held at venues across the country. Following one such session, the Association of Canadian Early Career Health Researchers produced a resource page for faculty wishing to engage further with government.

Universities Canada have created a webpage showcasing their efforts to call for action on the report.