Investigator-led research in Canada is taking a big step forward! Dr. David Naylor—along with an advisory panel that he has been chairing since July 2016—presented their analysis of the Canadian science ecosystem to the Minister of Science on Monday, April 10. The report contains several important recommendations: most notably, a big increase in independent research funding, and the creation of a National Advisory Council on Research and Innovation (NACRI).
The Naylor Report draws on extensive public consultations—within the Canadian as well as global science communities—and advocates for the importance of basic research for the nation. Among the sources of information consulted during their diligent assessment, the Naylor panel drew on several reports produced by Science-Metrix, including the bibliometric assessments provided to the Council of Canadian Academies for the State of Science & Technology in Canada report series, and an evaluation of infrastructure support commissioned by Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada.
The enthusiasm for the report within the research community has been palpable, even within just hours of its release. Science-Metrix is excited to see science being encouraged at the federal level, proud to be providing robust information to underpin that encouragement, and looking forward to continued collaboration to identify opportunities to help the research ecosystem to flourish.
For further information about the report, please see here.