Under the Office of the Vice-President (Research), Research Grant and Contract Services provides information/advice, processing and institutional sign-off on grants and contracts.
Research Grant and Contract Services (RGCS) supports the efforts of the research community at Memorial University to secure external funding for research and the training of graduate students in compliance with the scholarly, ethical and administrative standards of research sponsors (e.g. the Tri-Council).
RGCS is responsible for facilitating grant applications to external funding agencies; reviewing and negotiating the terms and conditions of research contracts and agreements; institutional sign-off on research applications, contracts and agreements; administering and organizing the adjudication of Memorial's internal grants competitions; ensuring that all accountability and regulatory requirements of the Tri-Council (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) and other federal, provincial and local funding agencies and sponsors are met; and providing accurate and timely information about research funding opportunities.
In addition, RGCS houses Major Research Partnerships, which provides post award administration and oversight for all ACOA-AIF funded research and development partnerships ongoing on the St. John's campus. This currently includes 12 major projects with a cumulative value of approximately $40M+.
Post-award activities are generally the responsibility of the academic unit. RGCS does provide post-award services for ACOA-AIF and PRNL funded R&D projects on the St. John's campus via its MRP division (see below). RGCS also reports on research activities; this is largely a management function at present.
Contact: Michelle Butt, Internal Grants, 8368
Contact: Tasha Harrold, External Grants, 4745
Major Research Partnerships (MRP) is a division within RGCS responsible for the overall financial and administrative management of Memorial's major research collaborations funded by the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) or Petroleum Research Newfoundland & Labrador (PRNL) and for assisting in the development of new industrial research collaborations funded via these programs. MRP’s management responsibilities encompass a range of pre-award, post-award and project completion activities of Atlantic Innovation Fund projects.
MRP works with the PI to ensure the project is completed on budget and all reporting requirements are met and communicated to the project sponsors. MRP facilitates the transfer of technology through engagement with the innovation group on the protection and commercialisation of IP, negotiations with project partners and/or the assessment of commercialisation pathways.
CCCS oversees all aspects of the Canada Research Chairs program, the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Memorial's CREAIT network.
CCCS maximizes the impact of Memorial's institutional investments in research through the CREAIT Network, ten interconnected satellites of multi-user equipment across the St. John's campus. CREAIT currently maintains approximately $40M worth of major research instruments being used by hundreds of graduate students on a weekly basis.
Contact: Pamela White, Institutional Research Programs, 2598
Contact: Dr. Brent Myron operations manager, 6798.
These awards also administered through the Office of the Vice-President (Research), with institutional signature provided by the VP Research. Included in these are the: John Lewis Paton Distinguished Univeristy Professorship,Marilyn Harvey Award to Recognize the Importance of Research Ethics, Terra Nova Young Innovators Award, President’s Award for Outstanding Research, and University Research Professor.
[The Faculty of Science values the contribution of faculty, staff and students, and actively contributes to the nomination process for institutional awards.] View a list of external research prize and award competitions.
Contact: Ellen Steinhauer, Co-ordinator of Institutional Nominations and Awards (IIC-2006A); 2651.