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Let’s drop the false distinctions between discovery versus applied science

By Mario Pinto      

This division sets up unnecessary tensions, weakens research productivity, and compromises the path to new advancements and innovations.

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan has pushed for more diversity in grant-giving. NSERC has programs to encourage girls, women, indigenous, and underrepresented populations to participate in science. At a two-day meeting of global research councils last week in Ottawa, NSERC president Mario Pinto said his officials learned from other countries how to go further. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Last week, for two days in Ottawa the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Peru’s National Council of Science and Technology and Technological Innovation, in partnership with Canada’s International Development Research Centre, hosted the 6th Annual Meeting of the Global Research Council. The heads of 56 research funding agencies from 50 countries gathered to identify promising opportunities for strengthening capacity throughout the global research enterprise. Combined, this group controls 80 per cent of publicly

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