The rapidly changing health situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic is leading governments and institutions to encourage more than ever the sharing of scientific research expertise.
To help Canada and scientific research address the global challenge posed by the current pandemic, U15, a consortium of the 15 most advanced research universities in Canada, announced the deployment of its Cognit.ca platform.
Officially launched on March 31, 2020, this fully publicly accessible tool allows users to search for experts, institutions or scientific projects based on key words.
More than 150,000 research projects, hundreds of facilities, and tens of thousands of items of intellectual property are listed in this new database. A catalogue of registered patents and licensing opportunities is also available.
This colossal data gathering work was carried out by the U15 in partnership with the three Canadian granting agencies, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Universities Canada and MITACS. The cross-checking of information is made possible by connecting cognit.ca to the databases of the CFI and the three federal granting agencies.
In addition to strengthening the impact of Canadian research, this tool may help develop collaborations between international research teams, a major issue in the current context. Its deployment highlights the relevance of developing a similar initiative in France, which would fit perfectly with France’s strategic priorities in terms of scientific research outreach and support for innovation.
Cognit.ca also reinforces the Canadian government’s open science strategy, in line with the roadmap for open science presented by Canada’s Chief Scientist Mona Nemer on February 26. This is an issue that France has also taken up as early as 2018 with its national plan for open science. France has also taken up this issue in 2018 with its national plan for open science.