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Thursday, November 8 • 4:15pm - 5:00pm
(45 min) Federal-Provincial Coordination in Research and Innovation Funding / Coordination fédérale-provinciale en financement de la recherche et de l'innovation

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Organized by: University of Toronto, Emina Veletanlic and Creso Sá, PhD 

Canada’s research enterprise crosses federal-provincial borders. Provincial and federal agencies together fund over 30% of R&D activities in higher education across the country (Statistics Canada, 2017). However, federal-provincial coordination in this area has been largely a “reactive” and “ad hoc activity without a clear organizational structure or mechanism to support it” (M. Tamtik in Science and Public Policy, 2016). This panel will clarify areas of stress as well as opportunities for improvement in policy coordination.

Historically, the federal and provincial governments have both wielded significant influence on research and innovation funding, but intergovernmental cooperation has been described as weak. This has resulted in a patchwork of programs and co-matching requirements at different levels of governments targeting the same communities with incentives that have conceptual and structural similarities. Researchers navigate a complex system of funding streams, seeking opportunities to help shoulder the costs of research.  

These issues are at the forefront in current policy debates. The 2016 Fundamental Science Review recognized that research supports are “an area where close cooperation and shared planning would make sense, but that is not what the Panel found” (p. 67).  A recent Council of Canadian Academies report highlighted this coordination gap as “both a risk and opportunity”, particularly for provincial governments (Science Policy: Considerations for Subnational Governments, 2017). Although the expert committee cautions against the risks associated with weak policy implementation, there are significant benefits to be derived from a closer connection between provincial and federal programs—if successfully translated into practice.

In light of the creation of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) to harmonize activities horizontally across the main federal agencies, mechanisms for vertical coordination with the provinces and territories must also be examined.

Our proposed panel will spark new thinking about the coordination challenge and means to overcome the vertical coordination gap that has been endemic in Canada. Our Panel will harness the collective thinking of our expert panel and the CSPC participants to address questions such as:
  • How can past examples of federal-provincial initiatives inform the present? 
  • What are potential models for intergovernmental coordination? 
  • How can the federal research councils work with their provincial/territorial counterparts to avoid policy duplication and inconsistencies in research support programs?
  • What could be some short- and long-term coordination targets? What is success?

The following Green Paper will be discussed: https://www.impactcentre.ca/research/a-delicate-balance/  

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Dr. Creso Sá

Professor of Higher Education and Director, CIHE-OISE, University of Toronto
Professor Creso Sá is Professor of Higher Education and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher education (CIHE) at the University of Toronto. He is an expert in science and technology policy, the evolving role of universities in the economy... Read More →
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Emina Veletanlic

University of Toronto, PhD Student, CIHE-OISE; Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Impact Centre
Emina Veletanlic is a PhD student at the Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher Education at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include science policy, research funding strategies, emerging scientific fields, and university-industry partnerships... Read More →

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Dr. Marc Fortin

Vice-President, Research and Partnerships, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Marc Fortin is Vice-President of Research Partnerships at the Natural Sciences and Engineering ResearchCouncil of Canada (NSERC). Dr Fortin is responsible for several programs designed to stimulate researchpartnerships, innovation and the training of the generation of research and... Read More →
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Dr. David Moorman

Senior Advisor, Policy & Planning, Canada Foundation for Innovation
Dr. David Moorman is the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Senior Advisor for Policy and Planning. As the Senior Advisor, Dr. Moorman assists with the development and planning of new research infrastructure support programs and related policies. Dr. Moorman is specifically responsible... Read More →
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Dr. Merli Tamtik

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Administration, Foundations and Psychology, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba
Dr. Merli Tamtik is an Assistant Professor in Educational Administration in the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba. Her main research focus is in policy coordination in multi-level governance systems focusing on innovation, research and international education policy. She... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 4:15pm - 5:00pm EST
Delta Hotel - Joliet-Frontenac