A Refocused NRC – Is it good for business

admin May 8, 2013

The Government of Canada recently launched a refocused National Research Council – http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/news/releases/2013/nrc_business.html – is this refocus going to be good for business?

Transforming into an industry-focused research and technology organization should enable the NRC to work with Canadian industries to bridge technology gaps, helping build a more innovative Canadian economy. If our aim as a country is to grow and prosper then focusing our federal R&D efforts on industry needs makes sense.

If we are focusing on research for the sake of industry, then what about research for research sake? If not the NRC who will champion innovation arising from fundamental research? A question for another day.

Let us know what you think.

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