Universities ask for additional research funding in upcoming federal budget


According to the Globe and Mail, Canadian universities are asking for an additional $6B over the next five years in research funding from the Government of Canada. “Every year you postpone these investments is a year that some really smart kid decides to pursue their career elsewhere,” said Université de Montréal Dean of Arts and Sciences Frédéric Bouchard. “The risk of brain drain is very significant.” U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities CEO Chad Gaffield added that the requested increase would bring funding levels for Canadian universities closer in line with the typical spend of other similar countries. These requests come ahead of the announcement of the federal budget, which will likely be delivered next week.

Globe and Mail (Acct Req)