Leading Practices for Evaluating Proposals for Science and Technology Infrastructure Investments

Summary

In Budget 2018, the federal government committed $2.8 billion to renew its science laboratories through an infrastructure initiative. One of the goals of the initiative is to support the construction of multi‐purpose facilities that bring together federal scientists from across different departments to pursue collaborative science. Through this initiative, the government will consider how current federal S&T infrastructure and new investments can be used to better position Canadian federal science to overcome barriers to collaboration and be more adaptive and efficient.

The CCA has been asked to assess processes and advisory structures used for making S&T infrastructure investments, as well as related principles and criteria for deciding on investment opportunities.

The Sponsor Public Services and Procurement Canada

The Question

What is known about leading practices for evaluating proposals for science and technology infrastructure investments that is relevant to Canadian federal science* for the future?

*Federal science refers to all federally performed research and development (R&D) and related scientific activities.

Close

A workshop, guided by the Expert Panel on Leading Practices for Evaluating Proposals for Science and Technology Infrastructure Investments, was held on March 20 in Ottawa. Workshop attendees participated in a discussion to respond to the charge set out by Public Services and Procurement Canada. The participants had expertise, experience, and demonstrated leadership in identifying leading practices for evaluating proposals for science and technology infrastructure investments, including individuals from federal labs and/or scientific facilities, university/academia, research infrastructure management, and industry research.