The CSMB is advocating for increased support for fundamental research in Canada pursuing three complementary strategies.
First, we ask recent recipients of funding from major federal granting agencies to contact their local MPs as well as the ministers overseeing funding agencies to write brief letters outlining the discoveries this funding will facilitate and how this will benefit all Canadians. We have been having an impressive response, and we encourage all members to continue. Importantly, we have initiated a dialogue with the Honourable James Moore, Industry Minister regarding research funding in Canada.
We have also responded to Industry Canada’s recent request of consultation for feedback on Canadian Science, Technology and Innovation policy. Our response to Minister Moore highlights what we feel is positive about the current direction of the government, but we also strongly advocate for funding enabling increased success rates at the NSERC and CIHR open operating grant competitions. This letter supports a similar response from Research Canada – supported in part by your CSMB membership dues.
The CSMB has issued formal responses the recent federal budget and to the pre-budget
consultation 2014 again reminding the government
that while increased overall funding for research is appreciated, a major
problem continues to be the declining funding rates at the major agencies that fund
basic molecular bioscience research in Canada (NSERC and CIHR).
Considering the upcoming federal elections,
we feel that it is now time to do more. To this effect, we have submitted a list of
questions and demands to the
Prime Minister of Canada, to the Ministers of Finance, Health and Industry as
well as to the leaders of the opposition parties and the critics for science
and technology to make the case for increased funding for research.
We have received some responses and we were invited to meet the Liberal
critic for Science and Technology Ted Hsu in Ottawa. The
Minister of Industry the Honourable James Moore sent us a detailed answer explaining the
commitment of his government to research. Whereas we appreciate the response,
we feel that the government’s actions do not address the most urgent needs of the
scientific community and we have responded accordingly.
The CSMB has initiated the dialogue and the response from Minister Moore shows that our message is noted, but we do need your support to have impact.
We therefore ask our members and everbody else who cares to write letters or
emails to request increased funding for research. Positive examples of how
research funding impacts the life of Canadians are the most effective, thank
you for your support.