Pilot socioeconomic impact analysis of CFI and CIHR funding: Medical imaging R&D
Medical imaging is one of Canada’s research and development (R&D) strengths, and Canadian researchers have made important contributions to our understanding of human development and disease that go well beyond what would otherwise be expected of a nation of fewer than 40 million. Achieving and sustaining this level of excellence would not have been possible without the sophisticated physical research infrastructure supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) or Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funding.
A policy commitment contained in the federal government’s Science and Technology Strategy was to increase government’s accountability to Canadians by “improving its ability to measure and report on the impact of S&T expenditures” (Industry Canada, 2007). Health and related life sciences and technologies is one of four priority areas that the government of Canada has committed to strengthening over time (Industry Canada, 2009).