Dr. Christopher Loomis

Dr. Axel Meisen

Welcome to Memorial University of Newfoundland's Research Report 2006

Research is shaping the future of our province, our country and the world in ways that were unimaginable just a decade ago. From improvements to our quality of life, to new technologies, more sustainable and diversified economic activity, the preservation of our culture and the protection of our environment, research and innovation have never been more important.

This year’s annual Research Report highlights the contributions of some of our leading researchers and scholars in shaping the past year. It also highlights the growth we have seen in the capacity, competitiveness and impact of research at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Another measure of that growth is total research income which exceeded $90 million in 2005-06; an increase of nearly $60 million since the beginning of the decade in 2000.

Increased funding by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to the Industrial Research and Innovation Fund (IRIF) has been especially important to this success. The new Innovation Strategy (A Blueprint for Prosperity) recognizes the inextricable link between education and innovation. These initiatives and investments, combined with our ongoing commitment to research, are enabling Memorial to recruit the best faculty, staff and students.

The renewal of the Atlantic Innovation Fund by the Government of Canada provides a unique regional opportunity to attract further investments in R&D, to build partnerships with regional industries, and to ensure the translation of that research into benefits for Canada. Research is shaping the world and our future. We invite you to explore this year's report and learn about the shape of things to come at Memorial.

Dr. Christopher Loomis
Vice-president (research)

Dr. Axel Meisen
President and vice-chancellor