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December 06, 2006— Ottawa, Ontario

From Theory to Practice: National Programs Take NRC's Strategy to Next Level

Over the course of its 90-year history, NRC has been a leader in innovation, giving the world revolutionary new products and ideas, and fostering research-based industries and prosperity throughout Canada.

NRC's new five-year Strategy, Science at Work for Canada, will build on that legacy of achievement, giving us the tools, the resources and the focus we need to continue to play a decisive role in Canada's economic success. 

One of the Strategy's goals is for NRC to make a significant contribution vis à vis Canada's key priorities for the 21st century: health and wellness, sustainable energy and the environment.

Already, we have taken the first step in this regard, identifying key areas where NRC can make the most effective use of its research excellence and multi-disciplinary competencies and lead or coordinate the implementation of national programs. The priority areas include chronic diseases like Alzheimer's and cancer, water supply systems, hydrogen, environmental remediation, bioproducts, and other fields.

National programs are key to future success. In our increasingly competitive world, no research organization can work in isolation. Collaborating with other stakeholders in government, academia or industry, we leverage our strengths and draw maximum advantage from the resources that each brings to the project.  

In some cases, NRC will lead these national programs, while in others we will act as a coordinator, bringing various players together to work as a cohesive team. But in all cases, we will contribute our expertise in scientific research and our experience in coalition-building and commercialization.

This is a common thread running through NRC's research and commercialization activities – most require collaborative relationships with industry, other research organizations and universities.

Clearly NRC will not succeed without strong linkages and a great deal of support from these partners. By connecting key players to collaborate on national S&T areas, Canada benefits from the resulting critical mass of knowledge and expertise. The participation of key S&T players is a vital aspect of achieving that critical mass in NRC's national programs.

NRC is now in the final stages of workshops and consultations with partners to identify its first national program, which will be announced and launched early in 2007. Subsequent national initiatives will be rolled out over the course of the next five years as we implement Science at Work for Canada, our new strategy.

Through these national initiatives, NRC will strengthen its partnerships and collaborate to create the momentum needed to tackle health, energy, environmental and other S&T areas that affect all Canadians.

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