Are Charities and Foundations the New Arbiters of Research Funding Money?

Posted: 12-22-2011

With the recent Jenkins report and the attention business R&D gets in the media and in academia, you'd be forgiven for thinking that there are only two sources of R&D funding - government and business. However, there is a third source and it provides roughly as much money to universities for research as business: actually quite a lot more in 2008-09. Further, the funding comes directly from you and me and most other Canadians through digging in their wallets for cash. The non-profit charities and foundations are the orphan of science policy; too often ignored and forgotten by policy makers but not by most average Canadians.

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