New research and development liaison officer

Innovative awards

(July 8, 1999, Gazette)

By Karen Shewbridge

The results of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) 1998 competition were recently announced. Memorial was successful in acquiring several awards, with two awards coming from the institutional innovation category

Pamela White, the new research and development liaison officer for Memorial, believes the awards in the institutional innovation category are some of the most prestigious in CFI's programs because only the larger, more influential universities in the country are eligible.

"You have the University of Alberta, the University of Toronto, Laval, McGill, McMaster, the universities that you hear the most about in the news," she said. "So MUN is competing with universities of that stature and competing successfully."

Ms. White says the only other Atlantic university which would belong in this category is Dalhousie, but it is not on the most recent list of award recipients.

The federal government created the Canada Foundation for Innovation in 1997 to improve innovation and research in Canada through financial support for the modernization of research infrastructure. An initial investment of $800 million has led to support in the areas of health, environment, science and engineering.

CFI has several funding programs, including the Institutional Innovation Fund, New Opportunities, and the College Research Development Fund.

Due to the magnitude of CFI, Memorial created the new position of research and development liaison officer, and hired Ms. White earlier this year. She assists Dr. Kevin Keough, vice-president (research and international relations), with major funding initiatives, especially those directed towards CFI.

Competitive and full of energy, Pamela White loves the challenge of her job.

"MUN has been really good to my family. I've got a sister who just graduated, another sister going through the system. I went through it. I find it extremely rewarding to be involved and be able to showcase Memorial on a national level. It's fun. I really enjoy it."

One of Memorial's awards went to Dr. Mark Whitmore, Physics and Physical Oceanography, for an Advanced Computation and Visualization Centre. The second institutional innovation award went to Dr. Bill Driedzic and Dr. Joe Brown, Ocean Sciences Centre, for a Marine Aquaculture Research and Development Facility. Memorial was also part of the Canadian Consortium of Institutions' successful proposal for a Canadian National Site Licensing Project.

The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial was also successful in the category of College Research Development. J. Fraser, Marine Institute, was awarded funds towards applied fisheries technology research infrastructure.

Ms. White says although she is happy with Memorial's success so far, she is looking forward to working on the next CFI competition and making more gains.

"The next proposal call for the innovation fund will come out in September. The competition deadline will be January, 2000. In order to submit it you have to have proposals that are minimal project costs of $350,000. So that's going to be exciting. I look forward to the opportunity of the 2000 competition to increase Memorial's CFI achievements."

Ms. White brings a high degree of expertise to the new position. She has a Master of Science (Aquaculture) from the University of Guelph, a Graduate Diploma (Aquaculture) from the Fisheries and Marine Institute, and a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from Memorial. If you would like to obtain additional information regarding the CFI program, Ms. White can be reached at 737-2598 or