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Summary of 2008 PAGSE Submission to The Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE) endorses the overall direction and principles of the Federal Strategy: Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada’s Advantage. It considers the strategy a sound policy statement and applauds the promotion of greater balance between research and development performing sectors. PAGSE also commends the Government for its measures to sustain and improve Canada’s scientific and technological infrastructure through the programs of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the indirect costs of research program and other measures.

The following could be considered in implementation of the Strategy:
• Measures to improve communication across research and development performing sectors;
• Implications of transferring non-regulatory federal government laboratories to university campuses or industry. Transfers could be effected in parallel with increased funding for university-based research;
• Improved data management / archiving;
• Expanded support for fundamental (university-based) research and for indirect costs of research; for work in remote areas, notably the Arctic; and for the vital public service function of federal laboratories;
• Greater support for international research partnerships and programs; possible establishment of a Fund to support Canadian leadership and participation in international science initiatives.