Review of Federal Support to Research and Development

Unattributed, Government of Canada, Jan 14, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Government of Canada has undertaken a review of federal support to research and development. The questions are:
- What federal initiatives are most effective in increasing business R&D and facilitating commercially relevant R&D partnerships?
- Is the current mix and design of tax incentives and direct support for business R&D and business-focussed R&D appropriate?
- What, if any, gaps are evident in the current suite of programming, and what might be done to fill the gaps?
An overview of the background paper demonstrates a focus on commercialization, as opposed to pure research or research in the public interest. Nonetheless, I don't expect the panel to dismiss these alternative perspectives. Submissions are being accepted until February 18th.
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