McGill's Efforts to Support the Naylor Report
Strengthening Canada’s research ecosystem and research universities is a winning proposition for all Canadians. The time to act is now.
In April 2017, Canada’s Fundamental Science Review Panel released its report, and with it, a call to action: we must make the case for why Canada’s research ecosystem urgently needs to be refunded and revitalized. The advisory panel headed by Dr. David Naylor was comprised of nine experts, including McGill’s Vice-Principal of Research and Innovation, Martha Crago. McGill strongly supports the recommendations set out by the Report invites you to join our advocacy efforts as we urge the federal government to implement all of the Report’s recommendations.
McGill's students and researchers are working together to #supportthereport. We hope you will join the McGill community in boldly imagining what Canadian researchers can achieve with the support they need to fuel new discoveries and the innovations of tomorrow.
You can get involved.
The independent panel of experts commissioned to examine the health of fundamental science in Canada have sounded the alarm: Canada’s international competitiveness in research is in jeopardy. The panel’s single-most important recommendation is that the federal government should rapidly increase its investment in independent investigator-led research. Read the Report or the Executive Summary.
To help you understand the important findings of the Report, McGill has created two quick-read summaries of its findings.
Click on the images below to consult these resources:
Contact your local MP to tell them why you support the Report. Sending a personal letter is an impactful way to connect with your MP and convey the importance of fundamental research for the lives of all Canadians. You can find your MP’s address here. Consult this sample text for you to use and revise. We encourage you to consult McGill’s quick facts and summary of the Report for some key facts. You may also send these documents with your letter. We suggest you include some of the following information in your letter:
o A concise personal profile: What do you research? What brought you to your field or particular research questions?
o Mention what federal funding you have already benefited from and how this funding enables you to undertake research that has an impact on Canada and the world.
o In your letter, request a meeting to discuss this issue in more depth.
- Develop a roster of compelling research stories and use them in speeches and public communications. You can share McGill Professor and student video testimonials like the following:
o Universities Canada's video of McGill PhD student Kristin Horsley.
- Write an op ed in your local paper, anchoring your arguments in data and relevant research stories. Encourage others in your community to do the same.
- Talk to your local university supporters and donors, asking them to share these messages with Parliamentarians and their contacts in federal government.
Organize a speech at your local board of trade or chamber of commerce.
On Twitter, lend support to these messages using the #supportthereport and #Students4theReport hashtags, tell compelling research stories using the hashtag #univresearch and make use of our sample social media messages and graphics (see right).
On Twitter, explain why basic science research matters now and in the future by participating in the Universities Canada social media campaign, #MyCanada2067. This campaign highlights what Canadian researchers can achieve in the next 50 years, given a well-funded research and innovation ecosystem.
Participate to the #YourBudget2018 survey organized by the Minister of Finance. This survey takes only a few minutes and includes direct questions about support for science (Survey 2 – Economy of tomorrow). Please take the time to highlight this as a priority in driving Canada’s economy: https://www.budget.gc.ca/2018/prebudget-prebudgetaire/index-en.html
Participate in the #Students4theReport campaign organized by McGill University students from Science & Policy Exchange by signing the open letter (1200+ signatures and has been endorsed by 21 students unions and associations representing 300,000+ students). All members of the research community can sign.
The Fundamental Science Review (FSR) provides a thorough evaluation of the research-funding ecosystem in Canada and offers 35 clear recommendations to strengthen the foundations of Canadian research through increasing federal funding, improving coordination of funding agencies, and promoting diversity.
Over the summer, Professor Martha Crago, McGill's Vice-Principal of Research and Innovation and held a series of meetings and participated in numerous events with Members of Parliament to discuss the importance of increased funding for fundamental research in Canada. She personally sent a background document highlighting key data about the need for reinvestment to Liberal MPs as they entered their national caucus in early September. In addition, Professor Crago also hosted tours of McGill labs for MPs where they met with groups of McGill students.
In June, UBC welcomed Professor Crago for a Town Hall to discuss the report of Canada's Fundamental Science Review. The Town Hall attracted over 250 participants in-person at the Life Sciences Institute and via webcast. Watch the webcast.
Fundamental research creates the knowledge and the expertise necessary for Canadians to make important societal and technological advances. Combining scientific rigour with curiosity about how things work and why they happen, Canada’s university researchers have built the foundation for our nation’s strategic sectors, including advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, health and biosciences, and artificial intelligence (AI).
McGill's newsroom regularly publishes stories related to McGill's research impact.
Read the story of how two McGill researchers made a remarkable breakthrough, one that continues to touch the lives of patients today.
McGill student represents fundamental research at the Montreal Budget consultations. Read the story here.
Fundamental Science Review media coverage and commentary
- "Martha Crago comes home to McGill as VP, Research and Innovation":Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation), Martha Crago, discusses her experience participating in Canada’s Fundamental Science Review with the McGill Reporter, McGill Reporter, July 12, 2017.
- "Opinion: It's time for Canada to reinvest in university research" Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Suzanne Fortier on Canadian University Research, Montreal Gazette, September 1, 2017.
- VP R&I, Martha Crago, is interviewed by Gérald Fillion on RDI Prospectives to discuss Canada's Fundamental Science Review, "Quel est l'avenir de la recherche fondamentale ? Entrevue avec Martha Crago de l'Université McGill (@mcgillu)," RDI, September 4, 2017.
- "Science minister discusses progress on Naylor report, lays out priorities" (featuring Vanessa Sung, a PhD student in biochemistry at McGill), University Affairs, November 7, 2017.
- "Pourquoi soutenir la recherche fondamentale?" par Tina Gruosso, chercheuse postdoctorale à l’Université de McGill et vice-présidente de l’OSBL Science & Policy Exchange qui a lancé la campagne #Students4thereport en soutien à la recherche fondamentale et à l’examen du soutien fédéral aux sciences, University Affairs, November 14, 2017
- "Opinion: To help foundations help Canada, our fundamental research system must improve": Leaders of high-profile family foundations across Canada on the need for world-class research, for their work and for future businesses, Maclean's, December 7, 2017.