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Delighted with 2018 budget, scientists eye funding for ‘open’ grant competitions as next step

By Jolson Lim      

While the Liberals produced the largest-ever one-time investment for scientific research in a federal budget, they didn't fulfill all of the recommendations of the Naylor report.

A researcher working benchside at Spartan Bioscience Inc. in Ottawa in September 2017. Scientists across the board applauded the Liberal government's commitments to research in the 2018 budget. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
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The 2018 federal budget gave new hope to Canadian scientists, but they knew their job as advocates wasn’t done. “We were definitely pleased with the results. There was a lot of money there for science,” said Katie Gibbs, executive director of research advocacy group Evidence for Democracy. “But we are all realistic that there is still more work to do.” While the Liberals earmarked $3.8-billion in new spending, the largest-ever one-time investment for scientific research in a federal budget,

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