Advisory Panel on the Federal Research Support System

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

This panel will advise how the Government of Canada can modernize the federal system supporting research to maximize the impact of investments and position Canadian researchers for success.

Mandate

Supported by a Secretariat housed in Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the panel will provide independent expert policy advice to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry and the Minister of Health to ensure that federal support for Canada's academic research enterprise is:

  • coordinated and cohesive, balancing respect for the needs of disciplinary communities with a holistic perspective across disciplines and across research, training, and associated infrastructure
  • responsive to the multi- and inter-disciplinary, collaborative, and international approaches that are increasingly the hallmark of transformative research and innovation
  • sufficiently agile to seize new opportunities and address emerging research, economic and societal needs and interests

The panel will review the structure and governance of research support, with particular focus on the relationships among the federal research granting agencies – the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Terms of reference

Panel

The panel is comprised of  7 members, including the Chair, representing a range of multidisciplinary expertise and perspectives, including active researchers, senior administrators at post-secondary institutions, and individuals with industry experience.

Panel member biographies

Have your say

If you have views on the future of the federal research support system that relate to the panel’s mandate, please visit our questionnaire. Alternatively, written submissions can be sent to the panel via the Secretariat at researchpanel-comitederecherche@ised-isde.gc.ca. All input is requested by December 1, 2022.