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International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada, Precarn Incorporated, Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF)

Submission — International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada; Precarn Incorporated; Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF)

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Submitter(s): Bilodeau, Pierre; McCormack, Stuart; Crawhall, Robert; Scott, Jack; Rothschild, Henri

Summary: Global science and technology (S&T) partnerships are increasingly important levers in trade and economic relations between countries, an importance that will surely grow over the next decade and beyond. This is because the pace of innovation continues to accelerate at a rapid rate, and this in turn, increases the impact that science and technology has on the socioeconomic fabric of nations around the world. This drives the need for, and value of, enhanced cooperation across scientific disciplines and technological fields, between academia and industry, and among countries. The development of new and creative relationships with emerging economies will, in turn, drive the expansion of global market opportunities for Canada. And international partnerships will play a key role in the development, commercialization and application of new technologies.

We represent three arm-length organizations – Precarn Incorporated, Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF), and International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTPCanada) – whose mandate is primarily to support collaborative business R&D and pre-commercialization both at home and abroad. Through global S&T partnerships with other innovation stakeholders, we have demonstrated the potential for such alliances to increase business-led R&D and facilitate commercially relevant R&D partnerships, accelerate commercialization and increase commerce. Our message is simple: Canada must commit more direct support to R&D intensive firms to develop, maintain and expand S&T partnerships. We will briefly address the following three themes as part of this response to Canada's R&D Review Panel:

  • The importance and impact of commercially relevant R&D partnerships
  • The need to incorporate domestic and global R&D partnership opportunities into Canadian R&D programs
  • A call to review how existing R&D programs could help Canadian firms to benefit from global S&T partnerships

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