Issue Date: May 13, 2013
Canada Revamps Research Council
Canada’s ruling conservative government announced last week that it will refocus the country’s National Research Council (NRC) on industry-related research. The organization, which includes 4,000 workers in 50 research facilities nationwide, had primarily supported basic science since its founding in 1916. NRC will now focus on “large-scale research projects that are directed by and for Canadian businesses,” according to a statement announcing the change. The goal is to help companies bridge technology gaps. “The refocused NRC will provide Canadian industries with access to strategic research and development; technical services; and specialized scientific infrastructure, technical expertise, and people,” says Gary T. Goodyear, minister of state for science and technology.
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