INVENTORY OF SPONSORED PROJECTS
The Office of Research has been publishing an annual Research Inventory since 1974. This volume, the 25th in the series, is the second one carrying the title of Inventory of Sponsored Projects to better reflect the broad range of sponsored project activity that is carried out at Memorial.
The Inventory does not list all research activity being carried out at Memorial. It lists only the research that has received direct funding support. Another publication of the Office of Research, the Research Directory, covers the research interests and activity of current members of faculty. The latest printed edition of the Research Directory is 1997. It is available on our Web site at http://www.mun.ca/research. An updated Millennium edition of the Directory is currently being compiled.
In 1998-99 external funding reported support amounted to over $35 million, an all-time high for Memorial University representing an increase of 23 per cent over the previous year.
Many grants and contracts are awarded for a single fiscal year; however, a substantial number bridge two or more years. For any research funding that spans more than one year, this Inventory includes only the portion awarded during the 1998-99 fiscal year. The details were compiled from Office of Research records. Preliminary lists were sent to heads of departments and other units for verification prior to publication. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and completeness, some errors may have occurred. Any errors or omissions should be reported to the Office of Research.
With this 25th volume, however, we have achieved an important first. This is the first Inventory to be printed directly from our new Research Information System. Although the publication of this volume has been delayed while design issues and questions were being worked out, we anticipate that the next and subsequent editions will be produced on a much more timely basis and at a considerable savings in office resources.
Although the appearance of the Inventory has altered, the content remains consistent with previous issues. It continues to include grants and contracts for developmental and international projects, awards made for the organization of conferences at which research results are disseminated, research infrastructure grants, and fellowships that facilitate research. A number of grants and contracts providing support for innovative teaching techniques and course development, particularly for delivery by distance and via the Internet, are also included.
ORGANIZATION OF THE INVENTORY
The listing is organized in alphabetical order, first by faculty or other unit, then by department where applicable, and finally by principal investigator within each unit. Projects supported by funds from agencies and organizations outside the university are reported in the first section of the Inventory. Grants awarded internally from block funds and from faculty funds are listed in the next section. For both internal and external awards, each research project is individually listed, giving the name of the principal investigator(s), title of the project, funding agency or fund, and the amount awarded for 1998-99. Some scholars have appointments in more than one faculty or department, or are cross-appointed with an institute; their projects are listed in detail only once but the additional affiliations are noted and cross-referencing is provided so that the details of all awards may be readily located.
The production of the Inventory was, once again, owing to the efforts of a number of people. Elizabeth Williams patiently saw it through the many format variations as its new look evolved. Craig Perchard put a lot of time and effort into design of the new format. Debbie Barnes and Janice Peach, along with Elizabeth and Craig, put considerable effort into data entry and verification. Linda Russell, University Relations, was responsible for final editing, and last but not least, Beth Ryan, university information officer (research), assisted with cover design.