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Applied Research

February 2020

1. Advocacy Updates

Pre-budget Submission and Advocacy Meetings

CICan continues to advocate for support for SME engagement services through applied research at colleges and institutes. Through meetings with the Chief of Staff of Minister Bains, the National Research Council, NSERC, CFI, and other stakeholders in the applied research sector, CICan continues to share the story of how applied research can benefit innovation in Canada and strengthen the economy by increasing SME engagement in R&D. As the 2020 federal budget consultations are underway, CICan will continue its push for SME engagement services to strengthen the capacity of applied research offices across the country.

2. Upcoming Events

CICan On the Hill + Student Showcase

On February 26 – 27, 2020, presidents, government relations and applied research leads and their students are convening in Ottawa for CICan on the Hill + Student Showcase. This is an opportunity to engage with parliamentarians and senior federal officials and share perspectives on how colleges and institutes support skills development and innovation in communities across Canada. The event will include a Student Showcase and we are excited to have over 70 students showcasing initiatives involving applied research, social innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability, reconciliation, accessibility and inclusion.

Pan-Canadian Meeting on Ethics and Responsible Conduct in College Research

L’Association pour la recherche au collégial (ARC), with the support of the Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes, is pleased to announce its first pan-Canadian meeting on ethics and responsible conduct in research at colleges and institutes. The all-day meeting will be held in conjunction with CICan’s annual conference, as a pre-conference activity on May 2, 2020. Visit CICan’s conference website for registration details, when they become available.

3. Information Sharing

Bursaries and Textbooks for Research Administration Certificate

The Canadian Association of Research Administrators is pleased to offer the Dr. Frances Chandler Bursary and a limited number of free textbooks for those starting or continuing in the spring term. If you are interested, please contact to submit the bursary application or request free textbooks. The bursary helped over 50 students last year and CARA remains committed to providing assistance and removing financial barriers. Registration for the spring term of the fully online Research Administration Certificate opens March 19 and students may apply now. The semester begins on May 1, 2020.

CSPC 2020 Call for Panel Proposals

The Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) 2020 call for panel proposals is now open! You are invited to submit proposals in a variety of presentation formats that revolve around any of the conference themes. The form for panel proposal submissions will be posted on CPSC’s website,, soon.

Deadline for submitting panel proposals is April 10th, 2020. The 12th Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC 2020), will be held in Gatineau, Quebec from November 23-25, 2020 at Hilton Lac-Leamy.

4. Subscription Information

Subscribe to the CICan Applied Research Network

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