Canada Biomedical Research Fund and Biosciences Research Infrastructure Fund—Stage 2: 5. Role of hubs
5. Role of hubs
Hubs funded at Stage 1 bring together and mobilize a diverse research community and various actors from all sectors to pursue a program of research that supports the hub’s vision and priorities in alignment with the strategic objectives of the funding opportunity and the Strategy’s priorities. At Stage 2, prior to and beyond the submission of proposals by institutions, hubs are expected to continue to play a fundamental role in strengthening research systems and the biomanufacturing talent pipeline.
In support of proposals at Stage 2, hubs:
- identify gaps, plan and integrate research, talent development and infrastructure components aligned with the hub’s vision, priorities, and program of research to bring forward a portfolio of proposals that collectively addresses gaps and strengthens the biomanufacturing and life sciences sector;
- coordinate within and across hubs to encourage collaboration and inclusivity and to avoid duplication across proposals;
- endorse a cohesive portfolio of proposals, using a sound, inclusive process;
- ensure proposals within the portfolio include multidisciplinary perspectives, including those in the social sciences and humanities, where appropriate;
- submit an endorsement report to assist the merit review process, addressing:
- how the suite of proposals align with the hub’s vision, priorities, and program of research, the strategic objectives of the funding opportunity and the Strategy’s priorities; and
- the linkage, complementarity and interdependencies across proposals within and between hubs.
Further to the selection of proposals, hubs:
- continue to promote and facilitate collaborations between and within proposals with institutional, not-for-profit, industry, private and/or public sector partners to catalyze the translation of research results into various forms (including vaccines and therapeutics) for the benefit of Canadians; and
- continue to leverage existing research facilities operated by government and/or non-governmental organizations.
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