Review of Fundamental Science

Independent Assessments

  • Report on the Contribution of Nuclear S&T to Innovation – (KPMG, 2014) This study for Natural Resources Canada includes a strong focus on materials research enabled by nuclear technologies including neutron beams. It finds that the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre (CNBC) and its user community compares favorably with other large science facilities in Canada, by impacting a broad cross-section of industry. It examined data from the 2006 CCA assessment of S&T in Canada (below), showing that the CNBC received the highest ranking by international experts of any of Canada’s large research facilities (p67).
  • The State of Science and Technology in Canada – (CCA, 2006)

Moratorium on NSERC MRS program
Major Resources Support Program Moratorium Impact Report (August 30, 2012) – The impacts of the moratorium on the NSERC MRS program have been assessed in a recent survey of affected facilities. For the past decade, the MRS program has been vital in supporting user access to neutron beams at the NRC Canadian Neutron Beam Centre.

CINS Expression of Interest in AECL
CINS Expression of Interest in AECL (March 30, 2012) – CINS has responded to Natural Resources Canada’s consultative process on the restructuring of AECL, known as a Request for Expressions of Interest. CINS would seek to contribute to an oversight role so as to restore Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) to its proper position as a centre for research in Canada, and to ensure that its unique combination of capabilities is managed for the benefit of all clients, whether they be academic, government or industrial users.

Parliamentary committee recommends study of new research reactor
The National Research Universal Reactor Shutdown and the Future of Medical Isotope Production and Research in Canada (November 24, 2010) – The House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources recomended, “That the Government of Canada study the feasibility of a new multi-purpose research reactor in order to accurately estimate construction and operating costs as well as potential sources of income and report the results to Parliament.”

Expert Review Panel on Medical Isotope Production

The Medical Isotope Crisis: Physics in Canada
The January 2010 issue of Physics in Canada contains several articles on proposed solutions to the medical isotope crisis. Two articles of interest to neutron scatterers are:


A Vision for Chalk River as a National Laboratory
Chalk River National Laboratory – In response to the restructuring of AECL, a grass-roots effort (CREATE) has proposed a vision for Chalk River as a National Laboratory that would include a new multi-purpose reactor to surpass the capabilities of the aging NRU reactor (October 2009).

APS Report: Access to Major Facilities
An APS study entitled “Access to Major International X-Ray and Neutron Scattering Facilities” explores how access to major international X-ray and neutron scattering facilities is evolving both in the US and internationally (30 April 2009).