Funding for Discovery Research V.2

Funding for Discovery Research

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 reportand 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

Canadians understand that timely and competitive investment will drive innovation, foster economic growth and create jobs for the middle class and vulnerable populations. In fact, a 2015 Universities Canada poll found that 90% of Canadians say that governments should invest in fundamental research*.

Drawing on this momentum, we believe the time is now to stand up for fundamental research in Canada and #SupportTheReport. To secure re-investment in fundamental research no later than the 2018 federal budget, and, over time, to ensure the full implementation of the report’s recommendations, McGill is engaged in a number of outreach and advocacy activities. Please explore the various sections of this website to learn more. 




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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.

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).

View the webcastIn June, UBC welcomed Professor Martha Crago, McGill's Vice-Principal of Research and Innovation and member of the Federal Science Review Panel, 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.

How does funding for Discovery Research help Canadian universities and Canadian families? Impact stories

Get Involved 

Add your voice to the cause by participating in the Universities Canada social media campaign, #MyCanada2067, by sharing what you believe Canadian researchers can achieve in the next 50 years, given a well-funded research and innovation ecosystem.

The goal of this campaign is to communicate the positive contributions universities provide to our communities. Industry leaders, government representatives, students, and researchers are all getting involved.

We hope you will join the McGill community in boldly imagining what Canadian researchers can achieve with the support the need and deserve.  


Ways to Participate:

  1. You can create a short video for sharing on social media;
  2. You can create a shareable photo-quote graphic, using the hashtag, #MyCanada2067.
  3. Send a letter to your MP to convey the importance of fundamental research for the lives of all Canadians. Find your MP here.
  4. Sign the open letter on the student perspective of the Fundamental Science Review. #Students4theReport

Media and Research Impact 

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.




Fundamental Science Review media coverage and commentary


  1. McGill University's Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Suzanne Fortier on Canadian University Research, "Opinion: It's time for Canada to reinvest in university research," Montreal Gazette, September 1, 2017.
  2.  The Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation), Martha Crago, discusses her experience participating in Canada’s Fundamental Science Review with the McGill Reporter, "Martha Crago comes home to McGill as VP, Research and Innovation," McGill Reporter, July 12, 2017. ​​
  3. 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.