International Practices for Funding Natural Science and Engineering Research

Summary

Science and engineering research has changed dramatically in the 40 years since the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) was founded. New fields of research have emerged, interdisciplinary research and international collaboration have grown rapidly, and technological advances continue to reveal new avenues of inquiry. NSERC promotes and supports research in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian postsecondary institutions by providing research grants and scholarships.

This assessment will examine leading practices and emerging trends in natural science and engineering research funding. It will consider how other international funding agencies are supporting research in these disciplines, how these agencies are evolving in response to emerging scientific trends, and how leading funding practices could be applied in Canada.

The Sponsor:

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

The Question

What is known about successful practices for funding natural science and engineering (NSE) research internationally, and how could such practices be applied to funding for NSE research in Canada?

The Expert Panel on International Practices for Funding Natural Science and Engineering Research:

Shirley M. Tilghman, O.C., FRS, (Chair), President Emeritus and Professor, Molecular Biology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Janice Bailey, Scientific Director, Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Nature et Technologie

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, Former President, European Research Council and Honorary Professor, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, Bures-sur-Yvette

Yuko Harayama, Executive Director, RIKEN

Victoria Kaspi, C.C., FRS, FRSC, Founder and Director, McGill Space Institute, and Professor of Physics, McGill University

Kei Koizumi, Independent Science Policy Consultant, Washington, D.C.

Philip Nelson, FRAE, Professor of Acoustics, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton

Denis Thérien, Vice-President Research and Partnerships in R&D, Element AI

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