Genome Canada welcomes today’s statement on measures in response to Vladimir Putin’s unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine, by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health.
We decry the war to be an act of aggression by Russia and are deeply concerned about the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine as well as the detrimental impacts on research.
Going forward, we commit to restricting our engagement with Russia in keeping with the ministerial ask of entities receiving federal funding for science and research-related activities. We will refrain as an organization from entering into any new agreements with Russian research organizations. We will work with Canada’s research institutions ensure that no new collaborations with individual Russian researchers are established in areas that advance the interests of the Russian state. We will suspend current and prohibit future federally-funded research collaborations with Russian industry, effective immediately.
We are actively exploring mechanisms to ease the burden of the conflict and provide support to Ukrainian and other researchers impacted by the conflict who are doing work connected to Genome Canada-funded initiatives. We will be sharing more specific information on these support mechanisms in the coming weeks.
Genome Canada stands in alliance with all our partners in the federal research and innovation ecosystem in supporting sanctions intended to expedite peace and in helping researchers impacted by war in Ukraine.
About Genome Canada
Genome Canada is a national not-for-profit organization addressing Canada’s greatest challenges and opportunities through research and innovation in genomics and associated biosciences. With a 21-year track record of impact across sectors, a pan-Canadian network of six regional Genome Centres, and strong partnerships across the public, private, non-profit and academic sectors at home and internationally, we translate research into real-world impact in health, climate action and food security.