New budget might relieve tension between universities, CIHR

March 28, 2016

The heads of some of Canada’s largest research universities have expressed concern over a series of reforms being undertaken at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, reports the Ottawa Citizen, and they are calling for a moratorium on all additional changes until an independent review is made. However, the newspaper also notes that the new federal budget’s commitment of $30 M per year to CIHR might ease some of the tensions between university leaders and CIHR President Alain Beaudet, who has been the specific target of some criticism. Beaudet has responded to the U15 by stating that CIHR has faced “serious underfunding issues” and that “the impact of this underfunding has been erroneously interpreted by some as resulting from the reforms, which in turn has increased the angst amongst stakeholders.” Ottawa Citizen