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Call for Research Proposals - Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network


MEOPAR NETWORK OF CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE – Application Deadline for Letter of Intent: 3:00 pm Atlantic Daylight Time, January 10, 2014

To interested researchers, please note:

Institutional Signature is not required at the Letter of Intent stage, however a copy should be provided to the Office of Research Services for our records. Should a LOI be selected to submit a full application, applicant(s) should contact their academic unit for their internal deadlines to facilitate the institutional review and submission of the full application through the Office of Research Services.

Further details on processes for institutional review and approval are available at or by contacting one of our Grants Team members:

Contact for Faculty of Medicine, Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, HKR, and Grenfell Campus is Vicki Gill,, 709-864-3045.
Contact for Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Engineering, and Marine Institute is Karen Follett,, 709-864-8252.
Contact for Faculty of Science, Business Administration, Education, School of Music, and the Labrador Institute is Tasha Harrold, , 709-864-4745.


Second Open Call for Proposals (2013-2014)

Projects must align with MEOPAR’s vision/goals as a Network of Centres of Excellence which are outlined in the MEOPAR Strategic Plan, available online ( Please see the attached announcement for specific details about the Call.

Project Areas and Topics: MEOPAR seeks to encourage a wide variety of project topics related to its research mandate. MEOPAR will consider Letters of Intent for projects that will help MEOPAR achieve its goals as previously stated in Section I. MEOPAR has been actively consulting with stakeholders across Canada and these consultations indicate a particular need for research that leads toward the following outcomes:

  • Improved management and communication of marine environmental data and risk to end-users and the public;
  • Reduction of the impacts of maritime commerce, such as short-sea shipping, on marine ecosystems;
  • Reduction of risk associated with major coastal industrial developments (harbor facilities, mining and processing operations, shipbuilding, aquaculture, etc.);
  • Development of observation and prediction systems for safe, efficient operations and emergency response for deep-water oil and gas operations; development of standards for offshore operations in harsh environments;
  • Development, optimization and integration of novel observing technologies (robotic systems, power supply, data transmission, etc.) of relevance to marine risk and hazards;
  • Improved ocean literacy (e.g., through education and training concerning marine safety, risks and hazards);
  • Improved governance (planning, policy, decision-making and regulatory frameworks) related to ocean observation, marine transportation, oil and gas development, coastal zone management, coastal community infrastructure, safety and survival, and emergency response.
  • Improved coordination, communication, data sharing and resource mobilization among Canadian governmental and non-governmental entities and their international partners to expedite social and economic recovery from a significant maritime commerce emergency.

Procedure: Applicants considering submission of a project application should first consult MEOPAR’s Strategic Plan and Research Plan, both of which are available online at

Applicants must then submit a Letter of Intent package to MEOPAR. The Project Description should be a maximum of three pages long, single-spaced (no more than 6 lines per inch), regular 12-point font, with margins of 0.75” all around.

The application deadline for Letters of Intent is 3:00 pm Atlantic Daylight Time, January 10, 2014. Applications must be submitted electronically in PDF format to

Letters of Intent will be reviewed and assessed by MEOPAR’s Research Management Committee (RMC). The evaluation of the Letters of Intent and recommendations for the solicitation of full proposals will be forwarded to MEOPAR’s Board of Directors. Requests for full proposals will be issued in February 2014.

For further information on the Call, and for details on the LOI requirements, please refer to the attached document. Questions can be directed to:

Mr. Neil Gall
Executive Director, MEOPAR