The CAP has submitted a response to NSERC’s request for feedback on the Discovery Grants program. This response is based in part on the CAP/NSERC survey that was completed by members in May 2012. It is also based on discussions amongst the members of the executive and council of the CAP.
The CAP has identified three areas of concern that are particularly important to the physics community:
- The DGP is the only program that funds basic research. It is crucial that the importance of this aspect of the DGP be clearly articulated and supported through design and implementation of the program.
- We feel the new system is hard on new researchers and hope that this aspect of the program can be refined and improved.
- In general, the new system is overly rigid and algorithmic. Many of our members’ concerns can be addressed by introducing a little more flexibility into the system.
To read the full response, please see the file posted below.