of 2005 PAGSE recommendations to The House of Commons Standing
Committee on Finance
A - New Opportunities for Canada
• Create an EU Opportunities Fund of at least $25M/yr
that Canadian researchers could access on a competitive basis
to become eligible for even more significant support from
the EU Framework Programme for Research and Technology Development.
• Create a new Tri-Council Industry /Research Cluster
Development Program, led by industry with participation by
the NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC and the NRC
• Establish a Small Business Innovation Research Fund.
• Reinforce the mandate and the means of the National
Science Advisor to review, rationalise and focus research
in government laboratories on the regulatory and service requirements
of programs of national strategic importance.
• Specifically mandate and fund operational support
for scientific programs in remote areas throughout Canada
by creating an inter-agency body to provide coordinated logistical
support to the full spectrum of scientific research conducted
in Canada's vast remote lands and oceans. Task the National
Science Advisor with determining how to structure and implement
such a body.
B - Building on Recent Investments
• Enhance the rate of increase of the tri-Council funding
allocations beginning with 6-9% for 2006-2007 plus a corresponding
increase in funds for the indirect cost of research. Such
increases and those already recently made need to be better
communicated in order to encourage academic staff and students
to stay in Canada.
• Invest additional funds in the Canada Foundation for
Innovation and make improved provision for associated operating
costs of infrastructure funded through the program.
• Create, through the granting agencies, Canadian Postdoctoral
Fellowships at a level of $55,000 to $60,000 per year. The
program should support 600 postdoctoral fellows to be held
in universities or in industry, especially SMEs.
• Re-affirm commitment to ongoing long-term monitoring
of variables essential to understanding Canada’s natural
environment and resources and for related ongoing longer-term
research by the provision of adequate A-base budgets to the
relevant governmental departments.
C - Policy Creation and Implementation
• Provide stable support to the Office of the National
Science and facilitate its access to the highest level of
• Establish a mechanism, open to all researchers from
academia, government, or industry, for ensuring the timeliness
and adequacy of funding directed to supporting Canadian participation
in international research programs, especially those on Canadian
• Optimize existing tax measures intended to encourage
the formation of public-private research consortia and private
sector contributions to related consolidated funds to support
university research with technological potential.
• Review the highly successful Scientific Research and
Experimental Development tax credit program with the view
to expanding its reach further downstream towards the marketplace.
• Monitor seed funding programs to ensure that they
are market driven and led by the private sector. The Business
Development Bank of Canada could administer such programs.