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Government should take an integrated approach to ensure all four research pillars are funded appropriately

By Digvir Jayas      

If institutional costs are to be funded jointly by federal and provincial governments then first ministers should discuss such matters regularly and develop a national joint funding model.

There are four pillars of research support and all four pillars must be supported appropriately to keep it in balance. If one aspect is not appropriately funded, research will not function well, just like one can manage to sit on a four-legged stool for a while if one of the legs is broken but it is increasing difficult to sustain for a long time, writes Digvir Jayas. Photograph courtesy of thebluediamondgallery.com

Research in its broadest sense, i.e., including scholarly works and creative activities, is the foundation of any civilization. Research enhances our social, cultural, economic and environmental well-being and improves our quality of life through better health, comfortable living environment, and access to art, music and culture for our enjoyment.

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