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Universities and research advocates have ramped up pressure on Ottawa to increase support for fundamental research in anticipation of 2018’s budget, with observers saying it’s the most active and loudest advocacy effort from the scientific community witnessed in years. The research community has been abuzz since the April release of the fundamental science review panel’s highly anticipated report—commonly called the Naylor report after its group’s chair, former University of Toronto president David Naylor—which recommends Ottawa commit an additional

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Scientist advocacy ‘most active’ in years since Naylor report’s release, next budget ‘test’ of Ottawa’s commitment to fundamental research

By Jolson Lim      

The research community is looking towards 2018's budget, the first since the publication of the Naylor report in April, as an indicator of whether the Liberals are serious about improving the state of research in Canada.

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan, pictured with Nobel laureate and Naylor Report panel member Arthur McDonald in 2016, commissioned the widely endorsed report that asks Ottawa to gradually inject $1.3-billion in new annual funding for research. The Hill Times file photograph
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