NRC within the Canadian innovation ecosystem

Question:How do we make best use of our science and research strengths?
on 08/31/2016

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This contribution is a personal view of the changes I think are needed within in the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to bring value to Canada through innovation. These ideas are derived from my experience as researcher at NRC for 34 years including more than 20 years as research group leader. They are mostly applicable to the part of NRC developing industrial technology and to a much lesser extent to the one involved in public good activities.

The document is organized along the definition that innovation is first the generation of new ideas, which are further developed, are progressively reduced to practice and finally end up in methods or products used by people or industry.

The following themes are developed:

  • Global interest, curiosity and participation across the science and technology spectrum are needed for the generation of new ideas
  • Links and activities with the scientific and industrial leaders worldwide are needed
  • NRC has a specific and unique role for maturing innovative technologies
  • Technology transfer is an important step for fruitful innovation

The conclusion summarizes these ideas and how NRC operating mode should be modified, at least partially. It stresses the importance of developing new technology based on innovation and to transfer it or spinning it off for job creation.

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