Mohamad Nasser-Eddine, Ph.D.
Interim Vice-president, Programs and Planning
As interim Vice-President of Programs and Planning,
Dr. Nasser-Eddine is responsible for managing all aspects of the CFI’s research infrastructure funding programs and providing leadership and policy advice for developing policies relevant to these programs. Additionally, he champions our commitment to accountability and organizational excellence through the rigorous assessment and analysis of the outcomes and impacts of CFI investments in research infrastructure.
Dr. Nasser-Eddine joined the CFI as Director, Programs in October 2015, and became interim VP in November 2018. As Director, he was responsible for translating plans and policies into funding programs and directing and managing their delivery to the community, while ensuring alignment with our various stakeholders. He also ensured that our core program processes were offered at the highest internationally recognized standard.
Before joining the CFI, Dr. Nasser-Eddine was Director of the Office of Strategic Development Initiatives at the University of Ottawa for four years. He also spent three years as a research scientist at Labopharm in Laval, Que., where he developed controlled drug delivery systems.
Dr. Nasser-Eddine holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Université Haute-Alsace in France and an Executive M.B.A. with a concentration in technology management from l’Université du Québec à Montréal.
Programs and planning
The programs and planning team oversees the delivery of funding competitions and works in close collaboration with the other business units to conceptualize and design funding mechanisms. The team also works with universities, research hospitals and colleges to apply CFI policies and guidelines, and provides the appropriate oversight to ensure funded projects are implemented as planned.
Programs and planning staff help to develop key corporate documents such as the strategic roadmap, annual corporate plans, briefs to the House of Commons and Senate committees and budget proposals to the Government of Canada. This process is informed by regular interaction and consultation with the research community, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders.
A key aspect of program delivery is the CFI’s structured merit-review process. The programs and planning team recruits experts from all around the world to review proposals submitted to the CFI. The review process varies according to the fund under which the proposal is submitted, the size of the requested investment and the complexity of the proposal.
Performance, analytics and evaluation
The performance, analytics and evaluation (PAE) team supports the CFI’s commitment to evidence-informed decision-making and public accountability by providing leadership, support and advice on matters related to corporate performance measurement, data mining, data management, outcome assessment and program evaluation.
By gathering, analyzing and reporting accurate, consistent and timely information related to CFI funding mechanisms and policies and national science and technology policy, the PAE team supports strategic and operational planning to help ensure that the CFI delivers programs that focus on Canada’s needs as it competes in the global, knowledge-based economy.
The team also conducts rigorous assessment and analyses of the outcomes and impacts of CFI investments in research infrastructure. This demonstrates the relevance, effectiveness and results of these investments to the CFI Board of Directors, the Government of Canada, other key stakeholders and the Canadian public.
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