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Vol 37  No 15
June 9, 2005


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NSERC, SSHRC funding for Memorial

SSHRC provided grants to nine research projects at Memorial University with a value of over $800,000. Dr. Frederick White, Department of German and Russian, received a grant for his project on the Russian writer Leonid Andreev.


Two major national research granting agencies have tagged researchers at Memorial University of Newfoundland with grants and scholarships worth over $6 million.

Newfoundland and Labrador professors and students in the natural sciences and engineering fields will be receiving 46 new grants worth $4.3 million and 81 scholarships worth $1.1 million. The funding was awarded following national, peer-reviewed competitions conducted by Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC). The announcement was made May 9 by John Efford, federal minister of Natural Resources.

Each year thousands of professors from universities across Canada apply to NSERC for discovery and related grants. These funds provide the primary support for research in dozens of fields, such as chemistry, life and material sciences, mathematics and civil engineering. The professors dedicate a large portion of their grant funds to training Canadian undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.

“Canadian universities are appointing hundreds of new professors to replace those who are retiring. It is also very good for Canada that these new people are not only eager, but well qualified to do research,” said NSERC President Tom Brzustowski. “NSERC discovery grants are very important because they provide funding to create new knowledge.”

NSERC also supports research projects with industry partners that put new knowledge to productive use in the economy. The results of those competitions are announced throughout the year.

The complete list of grants and scholarships winners can be found at www.nserc.gc.ca/news/news_rel_e.htm.

Meanwhile, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) recently recognized the achievements of Memorial University researchers with over $800,000 in grants. The total grant amount from SSHRC is $803,595 for nine research projects at Memorial.

SSHRC is Canada’s federal funding agency for university-based research and student training in the social sciences and humanities, supporting a wide range of basic and targeted research as well as the dissemination of research results.

“The success of our researchers in these competitions is a tremendous achievement and speaks highly of the quality of their proposals,” said Dr. Christopher Loomis, vice-president (research). “Congratulations to all recipients in what were clearly rigorous competitions.”

The following faculty members received funding from SSHRC:

• Dr. Jean Briggs, Department of Anthropology, received $140,095 in funding for Utkuhiksalingmiutut Inuktitut Dictionary Construction.

• Dr. Travor Brown, Faculty of Business Administration, received $64,477 for Social Cognitive and Goal Setting Training Interventions.

• Dr. Vit Bubenik, Department of Linguistics, received $46,953 for Tense/Aspect and Diathesis in Central Afrasian Languages: Diachrony and Typology.

• Dr. Beverley Diamond, School of Music, was awarded $148,078 in funding for On Record: Interpreting Audio Recording Practices in Newfoundland and Labrador.

• Dr. Omrane Guedhami, Faculty of Business Administration, received $96,839 for The Political Economy of Government Divestiture.

• Dr. Elizabeth Murphy, Faculty of Education, was awarded $96,794 for Understanding the Practice of the Online Teacher in the Virtual High-School Classroom.

• Dr. Jeffrey Pittman, Faculty of Business Administration, received $87,125 for Empirical Evidence on the Role of Auditor Choice in Debt Pricing.

• Dr. Peter Sinclair, Department of Sociology, received $101,199 for In Oil, Power and Dependency: Global and Local Realities of the Offshore Oil Industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. Dr. Sinclair will collaborate with Dr. Sean Cadigan, Department of History.

• Dr. Frederick White, Department of German and Russian, was awarded $22,035 for Leonid Andreev’s Narratives of Illness.

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