The Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) represents thousands of the country’s leading biosciences faculty members and students. Our members’ research programs are largely dependent on operating funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Changes in the research funding priorities by these federal agencies have placed innovation and discovery science in Canada at great risk. CSMB looks forward to working with the new government to help create a better model for discovery-based research, one that promotes the sustainable development of innovative research and invests in the training of the next generation of leaders that will contribute to the economic and knowledge wealth in Canada.
CSMB recommends an increase in investment for the most competitive and innovative research funded by the open operating grants competitions, the NSERC Discovery Grants Program and the CIHR Foundation and Project Grants. We also recommend that the Canada Foundation for Innovation continues to play an important role in financing world-class infrastructure to support these developments.
To learn more about CSMB’s initiatives, visit csmb-scmb.ca.
Discovery research is at the heart of every advancement in biotechnology and medicine, from biofuels to cancer treatments to disease prevention. With a renewed focus on investing in growth and innovation in Canada, we look forward to working with the new government to restore sustainable support for fundamental research, and the next generation of leaders that will fuel a science, technology and innovation-inspired economy. It’s this kind of support that will not only improve the health of Canadians, but also stimulate the economy through the creation of new businesses and jobs.