In Budget 2018, the federal government committed $2.8 billion to renew its science laboratories through an infrastructure initiative. One of the goals of the initiative is to support the construction of multi‐purpose facilities that bring together federal scientists from across different departments to pursue collaborative science. Through this initiative, the government will consider how current federal S&T infrastructure and new investments can be used to better position Canadian federal science to overcome barriers to collaboration and be more adaptive and efficient.
The CCA has been asked to assess processes and advisory structures used for making S&T infrastructure investments, as well as related principles and criteria for deciding on investment opportunities.
The Sponsor Public Services and Procurement Canada
What is known about leading practices for evaluating proposals for science and technology infrastructure investments that is relevant to Canadian federal science* for the future?
*Federal science refers to all federally performed research and development (R&D) and related scientific activities.
The Expert Panel on Leading Practices for Evaluating Proposals for Science and Technology Infrastructure Investments held its first panel meeting February 12-13, 2019 in Ottawa. Panel members met to familiarize themselves with the charge and scope of the assessment, hear from the sponsor, and identify potential workshop participants. Over the coming weeks, the Panel will guide CCA staff in the planning for the workshop, which will take place in March.