Assessing research capacity

Canada's capacity for leading-edge research and technology development relies collectively on individual researchers, innovative ideas, creative networks and the necessary tools, facilities, and equipment. It is this capacity, supported by investment in research and research infrastructure, that generates research outcomes that yield social and economic benefits for Canada.

Funding for research infrastructure enhances the ability of universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions to attract and retain world-class researchers.  Research infrastructure has the potential to draw together diverse and multi-sectoral communities of users creating an opportunity for networking and collaboration – all elements of a world-class research environment.  This environment is ideal to train the next generation of researchers and highly skilled technical personnel.  It positions them to develop in-demand skills and expertise that allow them to compete globally.
 

Usage of CFI-funded infrastructure

This in-depth study examines the level of use of CFI-funded infrastructure and the factors that influence it. The project relied on Project progress reports and interviews with a sample of researchers and research administrators.

The key findings of the study were:

  • Overall, CFI-funded infrastructure is being fully used;
  • Researchers are conscientious stewards of the infrastructure; and,
  • Levels of infrastructure use can vary from one year to the next, but this is generally not a cause for concern.

 Usage of CFI-funded infrastructure


Understanding the role of CFI-funded infrastructure in intersectoral linkages

This study is an analysis of data — taken from our Project progress reports — concerning the contribution of CFI-funded infrastructure to the creation and development of linkages within (intrasectoral) and across sectors (intersectoral). It specifically examined projects with links to private, public and not-for-profit sectors and offers some insight into the characteristics of collaborative projects.

The key findings of the study were:

  • Infrastructure acts as a catalyst for linkages within and across sectors;
  • There is a close relationship between the size of a project and the frequency of intersectoral linkages;
  • As projects mature, they are more likely to involve collaborations; and,
  • Inter-sectoral linkages vary by field.

Understanding the role of CFI-funded infrastructure in intersectoral linkages