Review of Federal Support to Research and Development

Various authors, Industry Canada, Oct 13, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

An 'expert panel' reviewing research and development in Canada has released a report containing, among other recommendations, a plan that would result in the dissolution of the National Research Council. Full Disclosure: I work for the National Research Council. The report also recommends simplified and expanded scientific research tax credits for business, improved access to risk capital for business, and a mandate to incorporate development into procurement strategies.

NRC's Industrial Research Assistance Program, which transfers money to business, would be expanded and transferred to a new a new, whole-of-government program delivery vehicle — the Industrial Research and Innovation Council (IRIC). NRC's research institutes would be separated and assigned either to an industry-oriented non-profit research organization, an institute engaged in basic research to be affiliated with one or more universities, part of a non-profit organization mandated to manage what are currently NRC major science initiatives, or incorporated within the relevant federal department or agency.

The report's official website asks you to submit an email address in order to be sent the report, but if you prefer a more user-friendly option, you can access it directly here (PDF) The report's official website now says the report will be released October 17.
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