The Primary Goals and Objectives of PIR:
- To communicate to the general public the benefits of medical and health research and the contribution being made by Canadian scientists to that research
- To provide forums for the general public to discuss the problems and concerns related to medical research for the purpose of developing an informed public
- To act as a resource to the media to obtain information and opinions on the subject of animal research; and to prepare educational materials on animal research appropriate for the general public and classroom use.
Partners In Research Canada is led by its Board of Directors which provides insight and direction for the PIR Programs.
Partners In Research Canada powers four educational programs:
Virtual Researcher On Call (VROC) is an educational support tool focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with a goal to encourage and inspire students to continue in STEM studies toward future career opportunities. The way VROC does that is by connecting students with academic researchers from across Canada using videoconferencing technology.
PIR Live Event was launched in Fall 2014. PIR Live Event webinars engage classrooms across Canada in dynamic online discussions about various topics and introduce them to a range of professionals and facilities. Teachers and their students can join a PIR Live Event webinar to submit their questions in real time and receive the answers LIVE.
Delta was launched as a pilot project in Fall 2016. The Delta Program brings storytelling, inquiry, experiential learning and mentorship together to support learning of science and technology in Ontario grades 1-8.
Sanofi Biogenius Canada is a national biotechnology research competition founded in 1993 to help advance careers in science among high school students. Every year nine regional competitions are held. The winners of these regional competitions travel to a national competition to present their research and compete to be the Canadian representative to Bio International held in the US. High school students submit research proposals to a scientific evaluation committee. Students are matched with a biotechnology researcher who will mentor the student.