In a letter that appeared in the Montreal Gazette, 13 University Presidents were quite complimentary of the research, innovation and education measures in the recent budget. I am glad that HM Government supports researech and innovation, even in tough times.
By way of example, in the midst of wide-ranging austerity measures, the budget promises new funds for basic research through the granting councils and renewed support for research infrastructure. Continued operating and capital support for basic research will help universities and research hospitals support and retain our top scholars and students, and draw talent from other jurisdictions. Some focused investments are also anticipated for talent development. Here, Budget 2010 includes funding to attract top post-doctoral trainees and support the internationalization of graduate studies in Canada. These initiatives complement last year's creation of the Vanier scholarships for top-tier graduate students and the Canada Excellence Research Chairs for outstanding scientists. These, too, are very positive initiatives.