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Innovation Policy encompasses all policies governing the innovation ecosystem, including social innovation. It focuses on putting the outputs of research (knowledge, technology) into use for broad socio-economic benefits. Innovation policies generally support and promote technology transfer, product, process development, validation, commercialization and scale up, national and regional innovation systems with the objective of improving productivity and competitiveness and driving economic growth and job creation. Social innovation is considered as an integral part of innovation policy. CSPC encourages nominations from all disciplines of science (natural sciences and engineering, social and human sciences, and health sciences) and from all sectors (governments at all levels, academia, private and non-profit sectors, media, and others).
The Science for Policy Award recognizes an individual who has distinguished themselves via the application and use of scientific research and knowledge to inform evidence-based decisions for public policy and regulations. Science for Policy is the application and use of scientific research and knowledge to inform evidence-based decisions for public policy and regulations in all policy areas, not limited to but including public-interest policy priorities such as health, environment, national security, education, criminal justice and others.
The Policy for Science Award recognizes an individual who has pioneered policies and practices to improve the development of new technologies, capacity building and research infrastructure. Policy for Science focuses on management of science enterprises, the production of new knowledge, the development of new technology, capacity building, training highly quality personnel and research infrastructure. In general, the key targets of Policy for Science are post-secondary institutions, research funding organizations and government science-based departments and agencies.
Science Policy is inclusive of both policy for science and science for policy. Policy for Science focuses on management of science enterprises, i.e., the generation of new knowledge, the development of new technology, capacity building, training highly qualified personnel and research infrastructure. In general, the key targets of policy for science are post-secondary institutions, research funding organizations and government science-based departments and agencies. Science for policy is the application and use of scientific research and knowledge to inform evidence-based decisions for public policy and regulations in all policy areas, not limited to but including public-interest policy priorities such as health, environment, national security, education, and criminal justice and others.
Dr. Geelen is a senior advisor at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), where he leads CIHR’s policy work related to research data management and sharing. With experience across all three of Canada’s federal granting councils – CIHR, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council – he chaired the tri-agency working group that developed the Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management (2016) and the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy (2021). He is also past Chair of the Data Sharing Working Group for the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R), served on the steering committee for the Research on Research Institute’s FAIRware project, and was Canada’s representative on the advisory group that revised the OECD Recommendation on Access to Research Data from Public Funding (2021). He is also a former member of the Technical Advisory Board of the Research Data Alliance. Jeremy holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Kelly Cobey is a Scientist at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute where she directs to Meta-research and Open Science Program. She also holds an Adjunct appointment at the University of Ottawa School of Epidemiolgy and Public Health. Her work focuses on ways to increase the transparency and reproducibility of biomedical research. She is currently working on a Wellcome funded project to develop and implement tools and training to monitor open science at research institions. She is also interested in the implementation and evaluation of patient engagement in research. She presently serves on the Steering Committee of DORA (Declaration on Research Assessment).
Dr. Robert Thibault is a Canadian Postdoctoral Scholar currently working with the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford University (METRICS). His work focuses on developing and testing initiatives that facilitate a trustworthy and efficient research ecosystem. Following his postdoctoral work in the United Kingdom with the founder of the UK Reproducibility Network, Dr. Thibault has launched a parallel initiative—the Canadian Reproducibility Network (CaRN).
Margaret Blakeney is a senior policy analyst with the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research (SRCR), which is responsible for supporting the three federal research granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) in matters pertaining to the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2- 2022) and the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research (“RCR Framework”). Prior to working at the Secretariat, Margaret held various positions at SSHRC, including program officer and Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Coordinator.
Dr. Roche is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at Carleton University (Canada) and the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland). His work in meta-research (‘research on research’) examines how open data help improve transparency, reproducibility and collaboration in science. He has published upwards of 20 papers on the importance of research integrity and open science practices in environmental science. He is a co-founder and the 2022 President of the Society for Open, Reliable, and Transparent Ecology and Evolutionary biology (www.sortee.org).