Scientific Consulting Services

Specializing in strategy, development, and operations of major research infrastructure, including neutron beam facilities
Strategy Securing funding

  • Infrastructure roadmapping
  • Proposal development
  • Government relations
  • Development Delivering capital projects

  • Research project management
  • Instrument design
  • Data acquisition and instrument control system design
  • Operations Realizing public benefits

  • Program management
  • Governance and policy advice
  • Performance and impact measurement
  • Science communications
  • $150M
    Funding secured for capital or operations of research infrastructure
    Major Research Facility and University Clients
    Value of funding proposals in development or pending funding decisions


    I have been involved with proposal development for over 25 years and no previous contractors have delivered the value we realised from our engagement with Daniel. We consider him a real "find" and look forward to working with him again on our next funding proposal.
    Lynda Moore

    Director, Supply and Service at CMC Microsystems

    This is honestly the strongest CFI proposal I have seen (including my own). It truly gets top marks on all of the CFI criteria.
    Grant Application Reviewer
    Daniel Banks is one of those rare individuals with a scientific background who not only appreciates public communications and strategy, but also has professional level skill in both. We need more of his kind.
    Dick Bourgeois-Doyle

    Author and former Secretary General of the National Research Council of Canada

    For eleven years, Daniel has played a key role as a strategic thinker in the development and implementation of key initiatives for Canada’s capabilities for materials research. He is a conscientious advisor, who conducts background research thoroughly, following good practices in supporting conclusions with traceable, objective evidence.  He analyzes complex scientific issues, proposes feasible solutions to policy challenges, and articulates the practical impacts of research to non-experts. For example, Daniel developed a narrative vision of the future of Canadian materials research with neutron beams, which supported a university Vice-President of Research to form a working group with executive leaders from academia, government and industry to establish a pan-Canadian, university-led neutron-beam program:  the “Canadian Neutron Initiative” (CNI).  He engaged additional stakeholders, attracting 16 organizations from across Canada to participate in the CNI working group. He wrote the CNI’s $20M/yr funding request, which was endorsed by the House of Commons Finance Committee for the 2018 and 2019 federal budgets.

    John Root, Director, Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation

    News & Views

    Science policy, major research facilities, research strategy, professional productivity
    28 Nov. 2023

    Consensus-building on funding policy

    TVB Associates was pleased to support Neutrons Canada in organizing and reporting on a consensus-building event at Canadian Science Policy Conference. This event gathered leaders of Major Research Facilities across Canada, as well as policy experts, science[...]

    28 Sep. 2023

    Partnership negotiated for Canadian access to ISIS Neutron and Muon Source

    TVB Associates is pleased to have supported Neutrons Canada in negotiating its first international partnership agreement, which will promote cooperation between Canada and the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source in the United Kingdom.

    Client article: http[...]

    Our Team

    90+ Years of Experience

    Daniel Banks

    President and Consultant

    Science Policy and Strategy

    Zin Tun


    Scientific Instrument Development

    Mark Vigder


    Systems and Software Engineering

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