Funding for Discovery Research V3

McGill's Efforts?to Support the Naylor Report

Ways to Support the Report? ? ?Learn More? ? ?Media and Research Impact?


Strengthening Canada’s research ecosystem and research universities is a winning proposition for all Canadians. The time to act is now.?

In?April 2017,?Canada’s Fundamental Science Review?Panel released its?report,?and with it, a call to action:?we must make the case for why Canada’s research ecosystem urgently needs to be refunded?and revitalized.?The advisory panel headed by Dr. David Naylor was comprised of nine experts, including McGill’s Vice-Principal of Research and Innovation,?Martha Crago.?

McGill strongly supports the recommendations set out by the report invites you to join our advocacy efforts as we urge the federal government to implement all of the Report’s recommendations. This page explains how you can get involved.?

McGill's Funding For Discovery Research Resource


Read the Report.

Read the Executive Summary.?







Ways to Support the Report?

(Consult?Universities Canada,?Science and Policy Exchange,?Evidence for Democracy, for additional recommendations and resources):

  1. Contact your?local MP?to tell them why you support the report. Sending a personal letter is an impactful way to connect with your MP and convey the importance of fundamental research for the lives of all Canadians. You can find your MP’s address?here. Consult this sample text for you to use and revise.?We encourage you to consult McGill’s quick facts and summary of the report for some key facts. You may also send these documents with your letter.

    o?? We suggest you include some of the following information in your letter:

    o?? A concise personal profile: What do you research? What brought you to your field or particular research questions?

    o?? Mention what federal funding you have already benefited from and how this funding enables you to undertake research that has an impact on Canada and the world.

    o?? In your letter, request a meeting to discuss this issue in more depth.

  2. Develop a roster of?compelling research stories?and use them in speeches and public communications.
  3. Write an op ed?in your local paper, anchoring your arguments in data and relevant research stories. Encourage others in your community to do the same.
  4. Talk to your local university supporters and donors, asking them to share these messages with Parliamentarians and their contacts in federal government.
  5. Organize a speech?at your local board of trade or chamber of commerce.

  6. On Twitter, lend support?to these messages using the?#supportthereporthashtag, tell compelling research stories using the hashtag?#univresearch?and make use of our sample social media messages and graphics (below).

  7. On Twitter, explain why basic science research matters now and in the future by participating in the?Universities Canada social media campaign, #MyCanada2067. This campaign highlights what Canadian researchers can achieve in the next 50 years, given a well-funded research and innovation ecosystem.

We hope you will join the McGill community in boldly imagining what Canadian researchers can achieve with the support the need and deserve.?


Learn More

View the webcast

The Fundamental Science Review?(FSR)?provides a thorough evaluation of the research-funding ecosystem in Canada and offers?35 clear recommendations?to strengthen the foundations of Canadian research through increasing federal funding, improving coordination of funding agencies, and promoting diversity.

Over the summer, Professor Martha Crago, McGill's Vice-Principal of Research and Innovation and held a series of meetings and participated in numerous events with Members of Parliament to discuss the importance of increased funding for fundamental research in Canada. In addition, she personally sent a background document highlighting key data about the need for reinvestment to Liberal MPs as they entered their national caucus in early September.

In June, UBC?welcomed Professor Crago?for a Town Hall to discuss the report of Canada's Fundamental Science Review.?The Town Hall attracted over 250 participants in-person at the Life Sciences Institute?and via webcast.?Watch the webcast.


Media and Research Impact?

Fundamental research creates the knowledge and the expertise necessary for Canadians to make important societal and technological advances. Combining scientific rigour with curiosity about how things work and why they happen, Canada’s university researchers have built the foundation for our nation’s strategic sectors, including advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, health and biosciences, and artificial intelligence (AI).

McGill's newsroom?regularly publishes stories related to McGill's research impact.?

Read the story of how two McGill researchers made a?remarkable breakthrough, one that continues to touch the lives of patients today.


Fundamental Science Review media coverage and commentary

1. McGill University's Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Suzanne Fortier on Canadian University Research, "Opinion: It's time for Canada to reinvest in university research,"?Montreal Gazette, September 1, 2017.

2.?The Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation), Martha Crago, discusses her experience participating in Canada’s Fundamental Science Review with the McGill Reporter, McGill Reporter, July 12, 2017.???

3.?VP R&I, Martha Crago, is interviewed by?Gérald Fillion on RDI Prospectives to discuss?Canada's Fundamental Science Review, ," RDI, September 4, 2017.



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