Volume 15 - September 28, 2007 - News from the Network: Austrian Researchers Abroad

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada - an Interview with its President Chad Gaffield

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By Caroline Adenberger

bridges: In May 2007, the Canadian government introduced a science & technology (S&T) strategy "Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage." This far-reaching strategy defines a 10-year national agenda for Canadian S&T across all sectors, and is designed to turn ideas into innovations that provide solutions to environmental, health, and other social challenges, while also improving economic competitiveness. Two years later, would you say that Canada is on track to reach its set goals?

chad_gaffield_small.jpgChad Gaffield

Gaffield: From my perspective, we have made good progress. SSHRC's programs are organized along strategic outcomes that contribute significantly to the Science and Technology (S&T) Strategy's People, Research and Entrepreneurial Advantages. Currently, more than 25% of our budget directly supports the four priority areas identified by the Government in the Strategy: environmental science and technologies; natural resources and energy; health and related life sciences and technologies; and information and communications technologies. Furthermore, SSHRC is playing an important role insupporting the research, the development of talent, and knowledge mobilization activities that promote innovation in management, entrepreneurship and sustainable economic development practices. These activities are funded in part by an $11 million annual allocation to support research in management, business and finance, announced in Budget 2007 from the Government of Canada. And, of course, we are investing in the development of talented, creative and innovative leaders who can contribute across all sectors. Together we are contributing to the implementation of the S&T strategy to make Canada a global economic leader through world-class research, a highly skilled workforce and strong partnerships across business, academic and public sectors. As well, we have reinforced even more our collaborations with the other granting agencies, both in terms of policy and research support.

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