Naylor report on research funding: universities’ response

Canada’s universities strongly support the recommendations of the Fundamental Science Review panel, chaired by David Naylor, professor of medicine, University of Toronto and commissioned by the federal government in June, 2016. The Naylor report lays out a bold vision for transformative re-investment in scientific discovery and innovation, offering a blueprint for sustained excellence in university-led research across disciplines.

Government funding in decline

Universities conduct and pay for a large share of Canada’s research and development (R&D) activities, while federal government support for university-based R&D is declining.

Figure: University Research in Canada 2000-2015 ($millions)

Funding for investigator-led research in decline

Granting Council Funding per Researcher for Investigator-led and Priority-driven Research (Constant 2000 Dollars)

Canada’s Fundamental Science Review 2017, Investing in Canada’s Future: Strengthening the Foundations of Canadian Research, p. 113.

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