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Connectivity between key elements of Canada’s knowledge ecosystem vital to dynamism

By Michael Lam and Marc Fortin       

NSERC will provide over $300-million annually to partnerships between researchers from universities, colleges and organizations that come from industry as well as not-for profit and government sectors.

Students pictured at the University of Ottawa in 2014. Trainees will be critical to Canada’s future economic health in a world that is rapidly evolving. They are our country's future innovators, write Michael Lam and Marc Fortin. The Hill Times file photograph

Most countries invest in research and development to improve their economies and the standard of living of their citizens. Budget 2018 made a historic investment in research in Canada, with an allocation of $1.7-billion over five years to Canada’s three national research granting agencies—the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. For research results to generate impact, they must be “mobilized” through the innovation ecosystem which also requires people and skills to be mobile.

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