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Science minister sees funding gaps for young researchers, multidisciplinary and multinational research

By Kristen Shane      

‘If you’re not getting your first grant till 43...it’s impossible,’ says Kirsty Duncan, who has worked as a scientist herself.

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan, pictured in Ottawa Nov. 10, says she's made a point of reaching out to opposition Parliamentarians. 'Good ideas don’t come from one party only.' The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Young researchers are starved for grants in Canada, which can make their work “impossible,” says Science Minister Kirsty Duncan. That’s one of the challenges she’s heard from scientists during her first year as minister, she said in a Nov. 10 interview after giving a speech at the Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa. She also pointed to gaps in how multidisciplinary and multinational research is funded, in what she said she’s heard is a generally “good ecosystem” for

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