On behalf of Canada's three research granting agencies, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC), and the Canada Foundation for Innovation, we are writing to seek your expertise to help prioritize which future challenges identified through a recent horizon scan are considered most important for Canada.
Outcomes from this consultation may also be leveraged to support the priorities of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee, notably to advance efforts in identifying key emerging research areas.Stakeholders from all four agencies are invited to participate in this consultation. Information on the CRCC's priorities is available on the CRCC's website.
Building upon the success of SSHRC's 2014 Imagining Canada's Future initiative, we partnered with Policy Horizons Canada, a federal centre of foresight expertise, to undertake a horizon scan as a first step in identifying future challenges for Canada over the next 10 to 15 years.
Policy Horizons Canada drew on sources from across digital media, academic studies, and foresight projects to identify and analyze change data for its global scan. They also conducted a literature review of over 600 early change indicators, and examined additional materials produced by Policy Horizons Canada, government departments and agencies, and other organizations around the world. These approaches were complemented by an online questionnaire engaging various key networks and foresight communities from more than 60 countries.
The scan has identified 16 future challenges with the potential to shape society in profound ways, and which are all multi-disciplinary and require broad collaboration to address. We ask that you select one top challenge, and explore its possible impacts through a brief survey. For the challenge you select, you will be asked a series of questions. You will have the option of repeating the exercise for a challenge you deem of next-most importance. We are inviting input from a variety of individuals across the academic, private, public and not-for-profit sectors, in Canada and internationally. Beyond the 16 challenges identified in the horizon scan, you have the opportunity to identify additional challenges deemed critical to Canada's future.
By taking part in our brief prioritization exercise, using the Futurescaper crowdsourcing tool, you will help to identify which challenges to consider for possible future programming and/or corporate activities. Once you have reviewed the 16 future challenges, the exercise will take you about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
Results of this foresight exercise will be available by spring 2019. Responses are anonymous, and results will be aggregated to ensure anonymity.
Thank you for your participation.
Associate Vice-President, Future Challenges
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada