RQR Bulletin

April 19th 2011 SPECIAL EDITION Volume 4, Number 5



We learned yesterday that the Fonds Québécois de Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies (FQRNT) elected to renew the funding for the RQR. Our proposal to continue our successful program to consolidate our efforts in reproductive research was funded for the next six years, 2011-2017, with a modest increase in our total budget.  Although we do not yet have the evaluations available, it is my view that this positive decision was based on our rapid development of communication within the network, our robust program of workshops and our remarkable success in employing network infrastructure in seeking new operating and training grants. The new mandate for the RQR will permit us to develop new ideas and new modalities for research and training and will help to maintain equipment clusters for use by all members. This new funding comes with some challenges. The FQRNT Action Plan for calls for new emphasis on technology transfer and on student mobility.  While these are areas where the RQR has been active, we will most certainly need to increase our efforts to address these issues.  The application provides a blueprint for our knowledge transfer strategy, and it is my hope that we can move toward implementing this strategy over the next months.


I wish to use this forum to emphasize the principle on which the RQR was founded, that of equal opportunity. In spite of the multiple categories of membership designated by the FQRNT (regular member, associate member, collaborator etc.), the RQR has only one classification, we are all members. That means that we all have the same opportunity to apply to participate in any initiative and benefit from the funding of the RQR and, by extension, the RQR-CREATE funding. This notwithstanding, continued membership is not automatic, and will require an active research program, participation in the activities of the RQR and an annually updated personal web page on the RQR website.


The RQR was initially funded for only three years. The successful renewal can be attributed to our exceptional progress in establishment of a synergistic network. The willingness of the members to serve on committees that required significant time commitment, in particular, the Scientific Committee and the Training Committee, as well as member contributions in developing the symposia and colloquia contributed enormously to our success. The efforts of the members to assemble and present the workshops made invaluable contributions to our training program, and clearly were a component of the success of the renewal. The timely evaluation of drafts of the renewal application by members was an important factor in crafting the final version. Several members provided their valuable input to improve the presentation for the site visit, and a dedicated and articulate group defended the proposal at the meeting with the evaluation committee.





Zone de Texte: Breaking news : Renewal of RQR funding by FQRNT

Micheline Sicotte worked tirelessly on the original application and has provided multiple forms of aid toward keeping the network going. The dedication and contribution of our network manager, Eliane Auger cannot be overestimated. She developed the communication system and website, planned and executed three symposia and two ACFAS colloquia, and expended major efforts to assemble the application for renewal. She also gave birth to a beautiful daughter, Leslie Ann this year, and is now on maternity leave. She passed the torch to Julie Blouin, who has been invaluable in moving the network ahead over the past months.

Eliane Auger and her daughter Leslie Ann.

At this time, I wish to personally and sincerely thank everyone who contributed to our success, and to invite all to participate in the exciting future of the RQR.