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Reversing the Brain Drain Vice President Research and International, Office of the 2009-11-30

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22null  nullnullnull Rnullnull OF nullnullnullnullnullnull nullnullA nullOFFnullnull OF nullnull Vnullnull PRnullnullDnullnullRnullnullnullARnull nullnullnullnullnullRnullAnullOnullAnullnullnullnullnullRInullnullnullnullnullEnullnullnull null null null. EnullO nullnullnullnullnullnullnullnullince its creation in nullnull, the Canada nulloundation for nullnnovation nullnullnullhas played an instrumental role in stopping and reversing the nullrain drainnullin the Canadian research community during the nullnulls and early nullnulls by investing in statenullfnullhenullrt enullipment and infrastructure. nulletween null00 and null06, Canadian universities recruited more than null000 new faculty members and retained some of the country’s stellar researchers due in part to Cnullnullunded enullipment and infrastructure. nullorty per cent of these researchers were recruited from outside the country, and many were returning Canadians.Frontier spoke with nullr. nullliot nullhillipson, nullresident and Cnull of the Cnull, about the economic downturn, nullnull nullresident nullbama’s funding for science, and his best Cnull moment.Frnullnullnulliernull nullow has Cnull’s mandate been challenged by the economic downturnnullePnull The Cnull received null00 million in the null0nullfederal budget so the Cnull is in good shape for our nenull manullr competition into the year nullnull, but with 60 per cent of the cost of research infrastructure and enullipnullment coming from funding partners, we recogninulle the challenges the current economic climate places on our provincial and institutional partners.Frnullnullnulliernull Despite the fiscal challenges, the Obama administration has increased funding to the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of nullealth. nullat should nullanada do to nullep our research community competitinullenull  ePnull Compared to what nullcall the nulldark agesnullof Canadian research funding in the nullnulls and early nullnulls, nullthink everyone recogninulles that for the past decade, we’ve been building a strong research community here while the nullush administration was almost antinullscience. The very fact that nullbama speaks in such positive terms of the role of science has created a bunull about science that wasn’t there before.nulldon’t think scientists will simply pick up and move south, assuming they have everything they need to conduct their research here – and that’s what we’ve striven for, to provide not nullst functional, but statenullfnullhenullrt enullipment. That said, we can’t ignore the psychological enullct of this nullmood changenullin the nullnull nullf researchers here feel that the nenull round of funding may be more restrictive, they may sense that things are rosier south of the border. nullo we need to continue to support and advocate for research funding.Frnullnullnulliernull nullat are the nullI accomplishments you are most proud ofnullePnull nullen nullvisit institutions and researchers we’ve funded, the common theme of the feedback nullreceive from these new, often young faculty members has been that they have better enullipment than their former supervisors and colleagues at great institutions in the nullnull or nullurope. nulld better enullipment means they can compete with the best of the world, and help position Canada as a leader in global innovation.Through not only Cnull but other federal research funding programs, we have been able to renullnvigorate our university research and restore a lot of enthusiasm and optimism in the future of Canadian research. That’s something that we as a country can be very proud of. REVERSING THE BRAIN DRAINnullliot nullhillipson, nullresident and Cnull of the Canada nulloundation for nullnnovation, is at the helm of a national enullrt to establish Canada as one of the best places in the world to conduct research.


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