Partners in Research (PIR) is a registered Canadian charity founded in 1988 to help Canadians understand the significance, accomplishments and promise of biomedical research in advancing health and medicine. Since its genesis, PIR has broadened its scope to encompass Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as fields of discovery and study for Canadian students.
The primary Goals and Objectives of PIR:
a)To communicate to the general public the benefits of medical and health research and the contribution being made by Canadian scientists to that research
b)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
c)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 (PIR) powers three educational programs:
Virtual Researcher On Call (VROC) is PIR’s primary outreach project. 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 Events engage classrooms across Canada in dynamic online discussions about various STEM topics and introduce them to a range of STEM professionals. Teachers and their students can join a PIR Live Event by tuning into a live stream and tweeting questions to #askPIR.
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.