Our Vision and Mission

Our vision is to change the way in which government, the scientific community and society interact and approach policy for new ideas and technologies from the initial concept to market acceptance stages.

Our mission is to equip and enable public, private and civil society sectors to successfully consider, debate and make decisions about new discoveries and technological applications.  

Our Mandate

CSIP bridges the current disconnect between science and innovation on the one hand and policy and governance considerations on the other. By drawing together researchers, experts and stakeholders from scientific, social scientific and humanistic fields, CSIP enhances research and the understanding of policy and governance dimensions of science and innovation. Together, we have identified four research themes where we will focus our immediate attention - bioscience and food policydigital governance and policy analytics, energy policy, and health innovation policy.

Our Objectives

  • Lead, host, undertake and support cutting-edge research on policy and governance dimensions (including Indigenous, social, economic and political considerations) of science and innovation.
  • Create and support research clusters, building on networks of scholars within and beyond the JSGS and crossing scientific, social scientific and humanist disciplines, colleges and institutions.
  • Provide a mechanism to strengthen understanding regarding collaborative research opportunities among academic, public, private, Indigenous, and civil society sectors, both in Canada and internationally.
  • Explore economic and social innovations arising from natural, applied and biomedical sciences and in the social sciences in the private, public and social sectors.
  • Develop and assess knowledge translation strategies and best practices and disseminate them to interested users from government, industry and civil society.
  • Offer specialized training opportunities for graduate students and researchers interested in developing governance knowledge and skills that are essential for consideration of scientific applications in public and private spheres.