Welcome to Memorial University of Newfoundland's Research Report 2005

Dr. Axel Meisen

Dr. Christopher Loomis

Research, like the ocean that surrounds this land, continues to reshape the world in which we live. Its effects are often gradual and intermittent, yet its impact is continuous and widespread. The increasingly global dissemination of results evokes curiosity in other disciplines, sectors and locations. Research connects us to the world.

In recent years, Memorial University has achieved significant progress in research. One measure of that success is research funding. In fiscal 2004/05, Memorial University's total research income reached $80.2 million, exceeding our long-term goal by $5 million, one year early.

This success in research was accomplished by focusing on strategic sectors with global significance, and through valuable partnerships. It has also been made possible by new programs like the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) created by the Government of Canada and the Industrial Research and Innovation Fund (IRIF) created by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

IRIF has been especially important in enabling our researchers to access major federal programs such as the Canada Foundation for Innovation. This has also allowed us to attract world-class scholars, some of whose work is featured in this report.

The printed version of the 2004/05 Research Report provides a snapshot of the past year's achievements, while this Web site/CD gives more details. These achievements are the foundation for continued growth in research at Memorial University. That growth, including the transfer of results into practice and the commercialization of research, remains a top priority for Memorial University.

We hope you enjoy this report and, as always, we look forward to your comments.

Dr. Christopher Loomis
Vice-president (research)

Dr. Axel Meisen
President and vice-chancellor