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Memorial innovators receive almost $22 million
First round of AIF projects announced

Four Memorial University-led projects received the nod from the Federal Government to the tune of almost $22 million as the first round of the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) was announced at a news conference July 2, 2002.

Gerry Byrne, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced that 47 projects in Atlantic Canada have been selected for funding under the program.

Dr. Axel Meisen, president of Memorial described the announcement as "magnificent" and expressed thanks to Mr. Byrne.

"These awards are unique in the history of Atlantic Canada, both in terms of the magnitude of the awards and in terms of their focus. In short, I believe that these awards will enable us to build new internationally competitive enterprises based on research and development - something for which we never had the resources before," said Dr. Meisen.

Memorial University of Newfoundland will receive $21.6 million to undertake four projects and C-CORE located on Memorial's St. John's campus will receive $6 million.

The $300-million Atlantic Innovation Fund is a five-year Government of Canada initiative that is administered by ACOA. It is designed to build the economy of Atlantic Canada by increasing the region's capacity to carry out leading edge R&D that directly contributes to the development of new technology-based economic activity in the region. Specifically, the fund is aimed at increasing the R&D being carried out in Atlantic research facilities leading to the launch of new ideas, products, processes and services.

AIF projects at Memorial

  • A project led by Dr. Joseph Brown, associate director, Ocean Sciences Centre, will provide essential research to enhance the establishment of a commercial Atlantic cod aquaculture industry in Newfoundland and assist in the continued development of the Atlantic halibut aquaculture industry in Atlantic Canada. The project will receive $4,100,000 from AIF over a five-year period, in addition to funding from other public and private sources, including the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
  • The Pan-Atlantic Petroleum Systems Consortium (PPSC), including Memorial, Dalhousie University, and the University of New Brunswick, intends to harness the physical and human resources of member universities to provide an integrated and comprehensive response to the research and specialized skill requirements of the petroleum industry in Atlantic Canada.
  • The Ocean Sciences Centre will undertake a project designed to use biotechnology to improve the broodstock characteristics of key aquaculture finfish species, notably Atlantic salmon. The project team, under the direction of Dr. Garth Fletcher of the Ocean Sciences Centre, will use innovative biotechnology to investigate and improve the mechanisms of disease resistance in Atlantic salmon.
  • The Electronic Rural Medicine Strategy (TERMS) is a project of the Office of Professional Development (OPD) at the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland. OPD will work with development partner, ZeddComm, to complete the design, development, and delivery of online professional development training tools and resources for physicians. These online courses and an accompanying Web portal are intended to address the professional development needs of rural/remote physicians and specialists throughout Canada.
  • C-CORE, located on Memorial's St. John's campus, has developed significant expertise in providing industry relevant technical solutions to the challenges of working in cold oceans and other harsh environments. C-CORE will receive $6 million to migrate its expertise and technology to develop technical solutions to industry-identified problems in other natural resource sectors such as mining, forest products and terrestrial gas pipelines.
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