Provincial Research Strategy

Developing a Provincial Research Strategy


Phase 1 – Fall 2014 to May 2015
Environmental Scan of the Research Enterprise in Manitoba.
Links to the Full Report and the Executive Summary on the right

Phase 2 – June to July 2015
Seek advice from stakeholders on key elements of a provincial strategy. We aim to engage the broadest possible group of stakeholders and encourage you to share the link to the SURVEY or the circulating email.

Phase 3 – August to September 2015
A draft strategy will be developed based on survey results and the Research Manitoba Board will meet to review the draft strategy.

Phase 4 – Fall 2015
Research Manitoba will finalize the provincial strategy an
d begin to communicate it to the community and government.

Introduction

 On June 12, 2014 the Provincial government created Research Manitoba, a central advisory body to oversee major provincial research programs which will increase the focus and effective use of resources, in developing existing and emerging research opportunities in the province. This is the first of six actions identified within Manitoba’s Innovation Strategy, released by the Province of Manitoba in April 2014. The other activities are:

• Support collaborative models for commercialization of research – IP Manitoba.

• Create a clear path for innovators and entrepreneurs in Manitoba – create a coordinated network of programs, services and partners.

• Help our graduates and young entrepreneurs find the “jobs of tomorrow” right here at home.

• Enable our existing businesses to grow and prosper through innovation.

• Create an environment that fosters private sector investment for entrepreneurs and innovators in Manitoba.

Research Manitoba’s mandate is to promote and support, and coordinate the funding of, research in the health, natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities in Manitoba. It brings together under one umbrella, the funding of the Manitoba Health Research Council, the Manitoba Research and Innovation Fund, the Health Research Initiative and the Manitoba Centres of Excellence Fund.

Scope

Research Manitoba has been asked to develop, coordinate and implement a provincial research strategy and major funding programs on behalf of the province. As per Research Manitoba’s mandate the provincial research strategy should include:

• Focus on research being conducted in Manitoba’s post-secondary institutions, including affiliated research centres, hospitals and not-for profit organizations

• Encourage the creation of partnership that will better leverage funding from national and international programs and industry

• Focus on existing strengths and emerging opportunities towards advancing Manitoba’s position as a national and international leader.

• Ensure research funding is awarded in strategic areas that align with provincial priorities;

• Invest in activities that will generate knowledge with the potential translated to improve the health of Manitobans or to be commercialized into value added products and services of benefit to Manitoba’s economy.

• Support pre-commercialization activities designed to improve the competitive position of Manitoba’s applied research organizations such that Manitoba industries may be indirectly assisting in accelerating the pace of innovation

 Planning Activities

On May 11, 2015 the Research Manitoba Board met to further define the scope of the strategic planning activities. The strategy needs to define what a successful research environment looks like and, in broad strokes, how we get there.

 Research Manitoba will take the following approach to develop the strategy:

• Seek advice from stakeholders on key elements of a strategy using a survey in June. We will engage the broadest possible group of stakeholders.

• A draft strategy will be developed based on the survey results.

• The Board will meet in September to review the draft strategy.

• During the fall, Research Manitoba will finalize the strategy and begin to communicate it to the community and to government.