OTTAWA — Young scientists often don’t get research grants early enough, delaying careers and stunting the growth of Canada’s information-based economy, Science Minister Kirsty Duncan suggested Monday in response to a report on the state of science in Canada.
In the report, an independent nine-member panel is calling for $1.3 billion in new money for science programs and an overhaul to the way research is overseen.
Struck last June by Duncan to find better ways to make the most of funding given to three research granting councils and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the panel’s report also said the biggest gaps in the system are in resources and aspirations.
Duncan said one of the areas most concerning for her is early research career development.
“We’re hearing that people aren’t getting that first grant until age 41 or 43,” Duncan said Monday outside the House of Commons.
“You cannot build a research career if you’re receiving that grant at that age,” she said.