Harris Centre Thriving Regions Applied Research Fund

Call for Expressions of Interest for Research in the Humber Valley Region

Deadline to Apply: January 28th, 2022


Would you like to do research that impacts the sustainability of the Humber Valley Region of Newfoundland and falls within the following themes?

  • Regional supports for social, mental and physical well-being
  • Sustainable Population and Labour
  • Training, Education and Innovation

If so, we have funding to help you!


  • This process includes engaging people in regions around the province in research, while also providing funding for Memorial faculty, staff and students to get the research done.
  • The Harris Centre has been working with a local advisory committee; they held a workshop in Cormac in Fall 2021 with regional stakeholders to determine what their research priorities are ( click here for the full workshop report).
  • We want to connect these stakeholders with the expertise and capacity at Memorial to help enhance the understanding of local issues and find sustainable solutions through the co-production of knowledge and practices.


To advance the Thriving Regions Partnership Process, the Harris Centre is opening an applied research fund calling for Expressions of Interest from Memorial researchers to address the priorities identified at the regional level.

The fund will provide up to $15,000 per project for up to three projects for creative and relevant applied research on one or more of the priority areas.


Researchers must be available to attend a workshop in early 2022 somewhere in the Humber Valley Region.

This fund is open to any faculty, staff or students at Memorial; however, if the applicant does not have research privileges, a co-applicant or supervisor with such privileges must be identified.

Researchers from all disciplines are welcome to apply and we strongly encourage multidisciplinary and collaborative projects between faculty, staff, students and community partners.

An evaluation committee will choose the successful applicants after the call closes.

A workshop will be held in early 2022 that will include local stakeholders and partners and the selected researchers. At this session, researchers, community members and local partners will work together to further develop their research idea and create a full proposal for the work to be undertaken. Researcher’s costs to attend this workshop will be covered by the Harris Centre.

Researchers will then submit more detailed research plans, and funding will be finalized and transferred once the plans are reviewed and approved by the evaluation committee.

The deadline for the Letters of Expression of Interest is January 28th, 2022

Please provide up to 1000 words (more details below) describing how your research will help address one or more of the four priority themes that have been identified for the Humber Valley Region:

  • Regional supports for social, mental and physical well-being: This theme recognizes that thriving communities are also healthy communities. Participants adopted a broader conception of health that included topics such as access to healthcare, independent living options, strong social networks, opportunities for intergenerational relationships and mental health training and awareness. There is also interest in the influence of transient workforce on the wellbeing of family and community structures.
  • Sustainable Population and Labour: Recognizing regional demographic challenges, the participants are interested in exploring and engaging innovative or non-traditional workforce models and improving life-work balance in the region. There is strong interest in identifying strategies for attracting new people and families and for retaining those already in the region
  • Training, Education and Innovation: Programs focused on innovative training approaches and skills development for rural entrepreneurs and social enterprises are of particular interest to the region, including how to better educate and support youth in pursuing entrepreneurial business opportunities.

Click here to view the full workshop report, which provides a summary from the workshop held in Humber Valley in October 2021 and much more detail on these research themes.

This 1000 word Expression of Interest should provide:

  • The title/specific focus of your project
  • Any other Memorial partners/students who would be involved
  • Project activities and approach
  • How the project addresses one or more of the fund themes
  • Anyone you are already working with or would like to work with
  • Any other relevant information
  • You will also be asked to provide a copy of your CV (no more than 10 pages)


Chris Paterson, Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator

The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development

Phone: 709-864-6179

Email: cpaterson13@mun.ca