The Expert Panel on Leading Practices for Transforming Canadian Science Through Infrastructure
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 scientists and engineers from across different departments and sectors. Beginning in 2019, the federal government will consider approaches to assess infrastructure investment opportunities that reflect a new vision for the federal S&T enterprise as collaborative, adaptive, and efficient.
Public Services and Procurement Canada asked the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) to assess the evidence on leading practices for federal S&T infrastructure investment decisions.
To address the question, the CCA convened a multidisciplinary panel of four experts with backgrounds in government, academia, industry, and science administration. An additional 13 experts contributed their knowledge and insight at a workshop. The report’s findings emerged from the judgment, experience, and expertise of the workshop participants and panel members, informed by the best available evidence.
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?
Building Excellence synthesizes key theoretical and practical considerations in developing principles, criteria, decision-making structures, and processes for assessing and investing in collaborative S&T infrastructure.
Guiding Principles and Criteria
Leading practices in decision-making for S&T infrastructure investments take into consideration four principles: scientific excellence, collaboration, feasibility, and broader impacts.
The report also considers how the design of decision-making processes and advisory structures might support these principles.