Canada considers framework for “moonshot” program

Global News reports that Canada is considering a framework for a “moonshot” program, which would fund research focused on a problem using a “top-down” approach. A House of Commons committee is reportedly examining the idea of a federal moonshot program, which has received vocal support from several scientists in the country. Federal innovation and science minister Francois-Philippe Champagne noted that the approach has the potential to contribute to developments in areas such as climate change solutions and vaccine development. Alan Bernstein, president emeritus of the Canadian Institute for Advance Research, noted that importance of this funding coming from government rather than the private sector: “Governments really are the only ones that have deep enough pockets and are patient enough investors to invest the billions of dollars over [decades].” Global News Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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