Harris Centre Thriving Regions Applied Research Fund

Competition Now Closed

Call for Expressions of Interest for Research on the Burin Region

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

  • Realizing Our Tourism Potential
  • Senior and Child Friendly Communities
  • Attraction & Retention of Workers and Families
  • Ocean Health & Seafood Opportunities
If so, we have funding to help you!

• The Harris Centre has refreshed our Regional Workshop programming and has created our new Thriving Regions Partnership Process.
• 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. Learn more about the Thriving Regions Partnership Process here and here.
• The Harris Centre has been working with a local advisory committee; they held a workshop in Marystown in Fall 2019 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 2020 somewhere in the Burin 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 later in early 2020 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 applications has now passed


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 Burin Region:

  1. Realizing Our Tourism Potential: The Burin Peninsula has a number of unique and compelling assets, including its proximity and relationship with St. Pierre & Miquelon. Building upon existing tourism assets, products and services, workshop participants see opportunities for further developing and combining these in ways to advance tourism across the region
  2. Senior and Child Friendly Communities:Healthy communities find ways of providing opportunities for people of all ages – seniors, youth, families, etc. – to engage in and contribute to community life. Workshop participants expressed desire for finding innovative, fiscally responsible approaches for meeting the needs across different age groups within the region.
  3. Attraction & Retention of Workers and Families:Similar to many rural regions in the province, the Burin Peninsula is experiencing demographic shifts and the associated challenge of meeting the staffing needs for businesses and service organizations. There is strong interest in identifying strategies for attracting new people and families, and for retaining those already in the region.
  4. Ocean Health & Seafood Opportunities:The Burin Peninsula has a long history of working with and on the sea. Building upon this tradition and existing assets, there is interest in exploring new opportunities in seafood and saltwater resources (e.g., fishery, aquaculture, kelp resources, value-add products from existing waste streams, etc.).

Click here to view the full workshop report, which provides a summary from the workshop held in Marystown in October 2019 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: chrispaterson13@mun.ca 


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