Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences

Promoting and advancing molecular understanding of biology

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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 and leader of the official opposition Thomas Mulcair show 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.

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