Canada Research Coordinating Committee Announced

By: Sam Garnett

October 27, 2017

The Canadian Government and Science Minister Kristy Duncan have announced the Canada Research Coordinating Committee , addressing a key recommendation of the Naylor report: to better coordination between tri-council granting agencies. The Committee will consist of the Presidents of all 3 granting councils (NSERC, CIHR, and SSHRC), the Deputy Minister of Innovation, Science, & Economic Development, as well as the Deputy Minister of Health Canada. The committee will also see participation from the President/CEO of CFI, President of the National Research Council, and the Chief Science Advisor Dr. Mona Nemer.

The official mandate of the committee is as follows:

“The CRCC is mandated to achieve greater harmonization, integration and coordination of research-related programs and policies and to address issues of common concern to the granting agencies and the CFI.

CRCC members work together to strengthen Canada's ability to grow in the rapidly evolving global research landscape while focusing on key priority areas such as strengthening equity and diversity in research; increasing the capacity of Indigenous communities to conduct research and partner with the broader research community, and improving support for the next generation of scientists and scholars.”

SPE is extremely pleased to see one of the Naylor report’s recommendations implemented and are looking forward to see how this committee can facilitate better communication between granting agencies, as well as between researchers and our government.

Today we sent copies of our #Students4theReport open letter campaign to PM Trudeau, Ministers Duncan, Bains, & Morneau, Chief Science Advisor Nemer, and other stakeholders. We want to see our government implement all the recommendations of this report in the coming year and are excited to see this first step from the government. The push in support of Naylor is not over – we are still looking for video testimonials from researchers for our campaign and any social media activity showing that Canadians support fundamental research is also welcome. Find more resources on how you can help by visiting our #Students4theReport page here.

Visit the CRCC’s page here.