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New focus on applied research will help National Research Council address social, economic challenges: CME

Published by Stephanie Brooks on May 08, 2013

The federal government’s plan to refocus the NRC on applied research announced yesterday will allow it to concentrate on solutions to critical issues facing Canadians, according to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) – the country’s leading trade and industry association.  

CME President & CEO Jayson Myers says it is important the NRC focus its scientific expertise on social challenges like healthcare, community infrastructure, security and the environment, and work with our manufacturing and resource industries to help develop the next generation of products, processes, and technologies crucial for long-term prosperity.  

“In many ways, this takes the NRC back to its founding principles as an organization designed to mobilize some of the best minds and technologies in the country to help solve real problems facing our country,” adds Myers.  

The reforms, including a renewed emphasis on industrial research, new growth, and business development, should strengthen the Council’s research role and foster innovation and the adoption of new technologies.  

“The government’s new plan will also help leverage the research, development, and commercialization efforts of Canadian business,” Myers says. “NRC is simply following the lead of government research organizations in the United States, Europe, and the industrialized economies of Asia, which are all focusing now on strengthening the innovative capacity of industry.”  

CME looks forward to working with the NRC to build innovative and effective partnerships with Canadian industry. 

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