We will host online training workshops and may arrange some online meetings with Parliamentarians but our intent is that all Delegates will be invited to in-person events in Ottawa either in Spring 2021 or deferred until safe and authorized by all jurisdictions involved.
Regarding virtual interactions, there will be group discussions with experts and practitioners during the online training workshops, and we may arrange one-on-one or group video conferences with policymakers in addition to in-person meetings, when available. If we are unable to facilitate in-person meetings in Ottawa in 2021, this year’s cohort will be invited to when it is safe and authorized
While COVID-19 is a high priority, it is not the only ongoing work of Parliament. A glance at today’s committee calendar reveals consultation on zero emission vehicles, aircraft certification, Mi’Kmaq fishing rights, access to telecommunications, medical assistance in dying. Policymakers value the non-partisan, trustworthy input provided by researchers in Canada – especially those who are knowledgeable about Parliamentary processes.
COVID-19 demonstrated that pre-established trusted relationships are critical to mounting a timely and effective response to complex crises. What is true for COVID-19 will be true for the next emergent event, whatever that may be, and the research-policy connection must be ready.
Votes are scheduled 1-2 days in advance and can be called at any time. Unexpected interruptions are part of the reality of meeting with Parliamentarians during a legislative session. The impact on individual researchers varied from MP to MP; some cancelled or delayed the meeting while others had the researcher running with them into the House. We set several meetings for each Delegate throughout the day in order to reduce the risk of disappointment but no measure can eliminate it entirely.
Dates will be set after the Parliamentary calendar is announced and must remain contingent on COVID-19 restrictions.
There is no set number of delegates from each institution, but one of the program goals is to have good geographical representation in the final cohort, which will be reflected in the selection of delegates.
The program is geared toward early career researchers via Tier II CRCs. The parallel stream available to Indigenous researchers is inclusive of a broader range of career stages in order to maximize opportunities. While there is no CRC requirement for Indigenous researchers, faculty members with an active research program in the natural or social sciences or engineering will have priority.
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Innovation Policy 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).