U of T Supports the Report
A call to action for research — for University of Toronto faculty, staff and students
We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make Canada a research powerhouse.
Thanks to the government’s Fundamental Science Review Report, also known as the Naylor Report, we have a sensible, affordable, and comprehensive roadmap to achieve this goal.
Join in U of T’s advocacy efforts as we urge the federal government to implement all of the Report’s recommendations.
As members of Canada’s leading globally recognized research university, we understand that fundamental science is critically important.
Get involved today and #supportthereport by phoning or writing your MP, sending a postcard to Ottawa, or making your support for research known on social media.
The University of Toronto is working with colleagues from across the country as we unanimously strive to make sure the voices of those that care about Canada’s Fundamental Science Review are heard together.
About the Canada’s Fundamental Science Review
- The federal government commissioned an independent panel of experts to examine the health of fundamental science in Canada. (Fundamental science was defined as all non-government research, covering all academic disciplines.)
- The Report, Investing in Canada’s Future: Strengthening the Foundations of Canadian Research, was presented in April 2017.
- Canada’s international competitiveness is eroding.
- Federal support for research has flat-lined over the last 10 years.
- During this time, federal investment in real per capita funding for independent or investigator-led research has fallen by about 35 per cent, at the expense of priority-driven research.
- Success rates for grant applications have dropped considerable at SSHRC and CIHR (2005-2015, 40 per cent to 23 per cent and 28 per cent to 14 per cent, respectively). NSERC has seen a less significant decrease in success rates; however, the competition envelope shrunk, in real dollars, to 75 per cent of what it was in 2007.
- Strengthening and rebalancing funding: Reinvest as a priority in the operating grants of the tri-councils, with an increase of $485 million over four years (a 30 per cent increase).
- Improving governance and coordination: Strengthen coordination across the tri-councils and CFI, with a broad oversight mechanism.
- Supporting personnel: Provide greater support for the research pipeline at all career stages, and better address equity and diversity.
- Planning for facilities and operations: Improve funding for research support, overhead and institutional costs.
Ways to be involved
- Write a letter to your MP
- Invite your MP to your lab
- Phone your MP’s constituency office
- Send a postcard (Coming soon)
- Sign the Science & Policy Exchange open letter (#Students4theReport): Students supporting the Fundamental Science Review
- Engage on social media (tips: key messages, take a selfie, tweet your MP, #supportthereport…)
U of T supports Investing in Canada’s Future: Strengthening the Foundations of Canadian Research
- Key messages from U of T
- The Fundamental Science Review Report provides a sensible, affordable, comprehensive roadmap for multi-year reinvestment in research. We support the Report.
- Reinvestment is necessary as support for independent research — which has fallen by about 35 per cent per researcher over the last decade — lays the essential foundation for future innovation.
- Investing in fundamental science is essential for driving innovation, creating economic growth, and ensuring the well-being of all Canadians.
- Investigator-led research fuels our capacity to understand and innovate.
- Basic research leads to transformational practical applications.
- Research ignites curiosity in future generations.
What the U of T Community is Saying about #Supportthereport
- UofT’s 2018 pre-budget submission
- U of T News stories
- Natalie Zemon Davis on the importance of curiosity in humanities research, Dec 20, 2017
- Public funding is needed to support the next generation of scientists, Dec 19, 2017
- James Till on how ‘serendipity’ and public funding made possible the discovery of stem cells, Dec 15, 2017
- Publicly funded research by U of T’s Anna Taddio is taking the pain out of vaccinations in Canada and around the world, Dec 15, 2017
- U of T wraps up successful #SupportTheReport postcard campaign, Dec 14, 2017
- Nobel Prize-winning chemist John Polanyi calls for more government investment in science, Nov 24, 2017
- U of T launches #SupportTheReport postcards as groundswell of support builds across Canada, Nov 16, 2017
- Why the federal budget should act on all Naylor report recommendations: U of T, Aug 23, 2017
- Canadian researchers rally to support funding recommendations, June 5, 2017
- Bolstering Canadian research: U of T welcomes federal science review, April 10, 2017
- Other U of T Communications
- President Gertler on the importance of the Report
- Toronto Star editorial board, Sept 12, 2017 (quoting President Gertler)
- Gertler, Fortier and Ono: Ottawa must Improve Research Funding or Risk Losing the Innovation Race, Sept 20, 2017 in the G&M
Fundamental Science Review media coverage and commentary
- Andrew Craig on “Science in Canada needs funding, not photo-ops” in Macleans, Nov 5, 2017
- Nobel Prize winner Dr. Art McDonald on “Fundamental Science and Innovation: A Productive Partnership” at the Canadian Club (video), Sept 28, 2017
- Jim Woodgett on “Lots of smoke & mirrors but, as yet, no fire” in Medium, Sept 11, 2017
- Katie Gibbs and Kathleen Walsh on “Reversing Canada’s decade of darkness in science policy” in iPolitics, Sept 11, 2017
- William Fraser on “Opinion: A boost to federal medical research funding is essential” in the Montreal Gazette, Sept 5, 2017
- Brian Owens on “Federal government getting pressed on many sides to adopt Naylor report,” in University Affairs, Aug 28, 2017
- Star Editorial Board on “Trudeau government must invest in basic science: Editorial,” Toronto Star, July 3, 2017
- Paul Wells on “Why Canadian scientists aren’t happy,” in Macleans, June 29, 2017
- Elizabeth Cannon on “Canada can’t afford to lose a generation of top research talent” in Globe & Mail, April 27, 2017
- Collection of articles complied by Universities Canada
- Collection of articles compiled by the Canadian Science Policy Centre
Compiled partner resources
- Universities Canada advocacy resources and key messages: A call to action
- Canadian Association of University Teachers advocacy: “Get Science Right”
- Evidence for Democracy letter-writing campaign: Rebuilding research for all Canadians
- #SupporttheReport page: https://supportthereport.ca/
- Twitter campaign
- #Students4theReport (Science and Policy Exchange campaign): http://www.sp-exchange.ca/students4thereport/
- Petition letter to sign
- Link to Evidence for Democracy letter to write your MP
- Social media tips (selfies, hashtags, etc)
UofT submission to the 2016 Fundamental Science Review consultations