Today, Pierre Duchesne, Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, unveiled the Québec government’s National Research and Innovation Policy (PNRI) for the period from 2014 to 2019.
This policy is in line with the four strategic initiatives of the Québec government's Economic Policy, known as Putting Jobs First, which was launched last week by the Premier. The PNRI will require a $3.7 billion investment from the Québec government over a five-year period.
Cooperation with international research teams is a key aspect of the PNRI. The government intends to invest $81.5 million from 2014 to 2019 in order to favour Québec researchers’ participation in international research networks.
A fund known as the Fonds InnoMonde will be created to help researchers, their associated institutions and their research groups maximize their efforts to find foreign partners. As part of this fund, the Québec government will make a commitment for each dollar of funding obtained outside Québec beyond a certain threshold and up to its allotted budget.
Other international measures: