Federal Research + Innovation Initiatives Consultation

In June 2016, two separate but related advisory panels were announced that will advise the federal government on its review of fundamental science in Canada and its innovation agenda.  

UBC will develop a submission to each of these panels.  Members of the UBC research community across every discipline were invited to participate in a campus-wide consultation to share their advice and perspective on the input UBC provides to the federal government.

Canada's Fundamental Science Review

The federal science review panel is seeking input on how to optimize support for fundamental science in Canada.  Within the panel’s scope are issues of international best practices in funding, barriers for early career researchers, and encouraging “Canadian scientists to take on bold new research challenges”.   More information on the fundamental science review can be found here: http://www.sciencereview.ca/eic/site/059.nsf/eng/home

View UBC's Submission to the Fundamental Science Review Panel

Building an inclusive and innovative Canada

In its focus on “building an inclusive and innovative Canada”, the government has identified six action areas which will form its innovation agenda.  These areas include promoting an entrepreneurial and creative society, building world-leading clusters and partnerships, and growing companies and accelerating clean growth.  More information on the government’s innovation agenda can be found here: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/062.nsf/eng/home

It also serves noting that we anticipate an additional federal review which will seek input on how best to structure and support incubators and accelerators in Canada. We will share further information about this review as and when it becomes available.

UBC Consultation

The UBC consultation took the form of four roundtable meetings.  At these meetings asked for your input on the issues relevant to the mandates of the two federal initiatives.  

The questions that we sought input on during these sessions can be found here

In answering these questions, we asked you to consider:

  • The consultation is in regards to the four federal granting councils: SSHRC, CIHR, NSERC and CFI.
  • Best practices in BC, Canada and beyond that could inform UBC’s submission to these reviews 

The roundtable meetings were held on:

  1. Tuesday, August 30, 1.00-3.00 pm
    UBC Vancouver Campus
    Seminar Room,
    Sage Bistro
    6331 Crescent Road, Vancouver

  2. Thursday, September 1, 1.00-3.00 pm
    UBC Okanagan
    Room 1151, 
    Engineering, Management and Education (EME) Building
    1137 Alumni Ave, Kelowna

  3. Tuesday, September 6, 1.00-3.00 pm
    UBC Vancouver Campus
    Seminar Room,
    Sage Bistro
    6331 Crescent Road, Vancouver 

  4. Wednesday, September 7, 2:00-4:00pm
    Blusson Lecture Hall,
    818, West 10th Avenue, Vancouver

Thank you for engaging with us in this way – this is an important opportunity to shape the federal research agenda, and we appreciate your interest and commitment in ensuring UBC’s priorities are clearly articulated to the federal government.