Dalton McGuinty’s Government has moved to strongly support basic research in Ontario with a $94 million investment, according to the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). The new money will go to support 31 medical research projects across the province, and follows a $100 million investment in the Global Leadership Round in Genomics and Life Sciences fund announced in May.
“This investment reflects a welcome commitment to basic research in Ontario,” said Professor Brian E. Brown, President of OCUFA. “In a time of recession and economic uncertainty, funding for research and innovation is more important that ever.”
The announced funding helps replace money cut from Canada’s research councils by Stephen Harper’s Conservative Government. These cuts – coupled with measures to exert greater government control over research funding allocation – threaten Canada’s competitiveness and the integrity of peer-reviewed research critical to the advancement of knowledge. Decades of experience indicates that basic research in science, social science and the humanities is the lynchpin of the entire research and development enterprise, a point apparently lost on the Prime Minister.
“The Harper Government has demonstrated a distinct lack of vision in their approach to funding for basic research,” said Professor Brown. “Thankfully, the Government of Ontario has stepped in to help ensure our province remains a hub of innovation and economic strength.”
The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations represents 15,000 university faculty and academic librarians across Ontario. For more information on OCUFA, please visit http://www.ocufa.on.ca.