Harris Centre Sustainable Northern Coastal Communities Applied Research Fund

Competition Now Closed

For projects on the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula

Would you like to do research that impacts the sustainability of the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula that falls within the following themes?
• Regional Governance
• Fishing and Port Industries
• Tourism
• Entrepreneurship

If so, we have funding to help you!

Sustainable Northern Coastal Communities Initiative:
• The Sustainable Northern Coastal Communities Initiative was funded by the International Grenfell Association, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to coordinate and enhance a suite of teaching, research, and public engagement activities related to the sustainability of northern coastal communities in the province.
• The purpose of this initiative is to better empower Memorial students, faculty, staff, and external partners to support communities committed to advancing sustainable solutions to northern issues and challenges.
• The Harris Centre, Grenfell’s Office of Engagement and the Labrador Institute are working with community and regional partners on the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula to determine key research priorities to address the sustainability of that region.
• We want to connect these partners 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.

Fund Overview:
• To advance this initiative, 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.
• This call focuses on the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula, which includes the communities on both sides of the peninsula north of River of Ponds.
• 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.

Fund Specifics:
• 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 regional engagement session will be held between December 4th and 8th that will include local people on the tip of the Northern Peninsula 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 session will be covered by the program.
• Researchers will then submit more detailed research plans in early January, and funding will be finalized and transferred once the plans are reviewed and approved by the evaluation committee.

Apply Here! 

Please provide up to 1000 words describing how your research will help address one or more of the four priority themes that have been identified for the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula:
• Regional Governance
• Fishing and Port Industries
• Tourism
• Entrepreneurship

Click here for more specific information on what we are looking for in relation to these themes.
Click here to view the “Our Way Forward: Sharing Knowledge and Building Capacity for Regional Development” Action Plan, which came out of a conference that was held in St. Anthony last November. This action plan and further consultations with a local advisory committee are the basis on which the research themes were developed.

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 on the Tip of the Great Northern Peninsula 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.

Contact Information
Bojan Furst, Knowledge Mobilization Manager
The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development
Email: bfurst@mun.ca 



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