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Support the Report - A call to action for research — for University of Toronto faculty, staff and students

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.

Helpful Downloadable PDF with quick facts (2 Pages)

2-page Quick Facts PDF

About the Canada’s Fundamental Science Review

What is Canada’s Fundamental Science Review?
What did the panel find?
  • 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.
What is Canada’s Fundamental Science Review Report recommending
  • 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

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


Fundamental Science Review media coverage and commentary


Compiled partner resources


UofT submission to the 2016 Fundamental Science Review consultations