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The Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Major Science Initiatives Fund. 4th NSF Large Facilities Operations Workshop Tallahassee, FL, April 19-21, 2011. 1997 – A TURNING POINT IN CANADA. The challenge: Ageing research infrastructure Brain drain Context: Federal budget surpluses

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The Canada Foundation for Innovation’sMajor Science Initiatives Fund

4th NSF Large Facilities Operations Workshop

Tallahassee, FL, April 19-21, 2011


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1997 – A TURNING POINT IN CANADA

  • The challenge:

  • Ageing research infrastructure

  • Brain drain

  • Context:

    • Federal budget surpluses

  • The Response:

    • ‘Innovation agenda’

  • Key strategy: invest in higher education research


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    Some elements of the research landscape

    Granting Council Programs

    CIHR NSERC SSHRC

    KIP

    (2008-11)

    Genome

    Canada

    NCE

    CECR

    (2008-)

    BL-NCEs

    (2008-)

    Special

    Prog.

    CRC

    CERC

    (2008)

    Faculty/

    Researcher

    Banting

    (2010-)

    Vanier

    (2009-)

    eCGS

    (2009-)

    Students

    Canada Foundation for Innovation

    LEF NIF CIIF LOF MSI IOF

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    CANADA FOUNDATION FOR INNOVATION

    • Funds R&D infrastructure in Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions

    • Provides 40% of infrastructure costs (with remainder provided by provinces, institutions and private sector);

    • Institutions are the applicants and owners of the infrastructure

    • Reliance on institutional strategic planning

    • Awards based on merit and excellence


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    FUNDING DISTRIBUTIONSince 1999: 7,102 projects at 132 institutions

    Award size# AwardsCFI total investment

    <1M6,499 $1,144,674,757

    1M-10M547 $1,895,250,121

    10M-20M40$525,474,254

    >10M59 $1,383,995,782

    total7,102 $4,423,920,660


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    TOTAL INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT


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    PARTNER CONTRIBUTIONSTO CFI-FUNDED PROJECTS – 1997-2009

    Voluntary associations

    $99 million

    3%

    Private sector firms

    $1.1 billion

    20%

    Government of Canada departments/agencies

    $201 million

    3%

    Provincial governments

    $2.9 billion

    50%

    $1.4 billion

    24%

    Institutions, trust funds and foundations

    Other

    $99 million

    2%


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    RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE

    • Equipment

    • Specimens, Scientific collections

    • Computer hardware and software

    • Information databases

    • Including housing and installations essential for use and servicing


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    CFI OBJECTIVES

    • Strengthen Canada's capacity for innovation;

    • Attract/retain highly skilled research personnel in Canada;

    • Promote networking, collaboration, and multidisciplinarity;

    • Ensure the optimal use of research infrastructure

    • “…creating the necessary conditions for sustainable,

    • long-term economic growth, including the creation of

    • spin-off ventures and the commercialization of discoveries,

    • and supporting improvements to society, quality of life, health,

    • the environment, and public policy.”


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    MEETING FEDERAL S&T PRIORITIES

    • Environmental science and technologies;

    • Natural resources and energy;

    • Heath and related life sciences;

    • Information and communication technologies;

    • 80% of CFI-funded projects and 85% of CFI funding

    • have gone to these four areas.


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    MERIT-BASED REVIEW CRITERIA

    • Institutional commitment

    • Management plan

    • Need for infrastructure

    • Operations & maintenance plan

    • Training

    • Collaboration

    Strengthening innovation

    EXCELLENCE

    Quality

    • Social

    • Economic

    • Environmental

    • Health

    Benefits to Canada

    • Ideas

    • Researchers

    • Need for infrastructure


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    CFI PROGRAM STRUCTURE

    Aims:

    • To be flexible and responsive to needs of research community;

    • To have a structure based on consultations and strategic priorities;

    • Operates at the pace of implementation, not annual budget cycles.


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    CFI PROGRAM STRUCTURE

    Open national competitions:

    Leading Edge Fund & New Initiatives Fund

    Targeted national competitions:

    College-Industry Innovation Fund & Automotive Partnerships Canada Fund

    Attraction/Retention of Talent:

    Leaders Opportunity Fund

    Support for Operations:

    Infrastructure Operating Fund

    Major Science Initiatives Fund


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    CFI STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS

    • Fostering research strengths and investing in areas of national priority

    • Encourage partnerships for inter-sectoral convergence and knowledge transfer

    • Ensure long-term sustainability of S&T capacity, with a specific emphasis on the sustainability and operations of large-scale science facilities

    • Capturing and communicating social, economic and environmental impacts.


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    Major Science Initiatives Fund: What?

    -Addresses a set of leading-edge scientific problems or questions of such significance, scope and complexity that it requires:

    unusually large-scale facilities and equipment

    substantial human resources, and

    complex operating and maintenance activities.

    -Typically too large to be funded exclusively by any one organization and have a life cycle extending over many years.

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    Major Science Initiatives Fund: Why?

    -Significant ($25M+)CFI investments (plus federal and provincial) in a small number of major science initiatives (MSIs)

    -Long standing and ongoing challenge for MSIs to secure sufficient operating and maintenance costs to fully exploit their capabilities

    -Institutions have relatively little experience in managing and leading major science initiatives

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    Major Science Initiatives Fund: Who?

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    Major Science Initiatives Fund: How

    $185M over 2012-17; covers 40% of total O&M needs

    Current and potential funders are/remain involved

    Initial assessment: demonstrated need for O & M funding, advanced governance and management, scientific excellence and potential benefits to Canada

    Oversight framework: Promote the adoption of best practices in governance and management

    Mid-term assessment: ability to maximize scientific and technological capabilities

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    Some of our challenges

    First program of its kind in Canada!

    Key success factors

    Work with multiple funding partners (federal, provincial, private sector…)

    Integrated review and oversight process

    Oversight: what, how, and how much is enough?

    O&M budget… projections… or predictions?

    Little institutional experience in managing MSIs

    Realize the potential of our MSIs; exploit their capabilities to the fullest

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