Researchers urge Ottawa to restore science funding

April 16, 2009

Over 2,000 researchers across Canada have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper describing the funding cuts outlined in the federal budget as "huge steps backward for Canadian science." The budget reduced nearly $148 million from the 3 granting agencies that fund research at national universities. The letter, which contrasts the budget to that of the US, where $15 billion is being pumped into scientific research, makes a number of recommendations, including a multi-year plan to significantly increase Canada's research and development investment through the granting councils. Globe and Mail | Read the letter