Harris Centre Thriving Regions Applied Research Fund

Competition Now Closed

Call for Expressions of Interest for Research on the Southwest Coast

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

• Embracing the Aging Population
• Understanding Tourism Patterns
• Building Food Security (Fisheries and Agriculture)

And especially how any of these themes relate to entrepreneurship or community/regional collaboration? 

If so, we have funding to help you!

Thriving Regions Partnership Process:
• 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
• The Harris Centre and Grenfell Office of Engagement have been working with a local advisory committee and have held a workshop in Port aux Basques with regional stakeholders to determine what their research priorities are (click here for the 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.

Fund Overview:
• 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.
• This call focuses on the Southwest Coast of Newfoundland, which includes just over twenty communities between North Branch and La Poile with a population of nearly 7,800 people.
• 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:
Researchers must be available to attend a workshop in Port aux Baques on the Southwest Coast on Wednesday, December 5th. 
• 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 the first week of December that will include local stakeholders and partners on the Southwest Coast 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 in January, and funding will be finalized and transferred once the plans are reviewed and approved by the evaluation committee.

The deadline for applications is 4:00pm on Friday, November 16, 2018.  

Apply Here!

Please provide up to 1000 words describing how your research will help address one or more of the three priority themes that have been identified for the Southwest Coast:

• Embracing the Aging Population
• Understanding Tourism Patterns
• Building Food Security (Fisheries and Agriculture)

We are particularly interested in projects that incorporate these regional priorities with the overarching themes of entrepreneurship or community/regional collaboration. 

Click here to view the full workshop report, which provides a summary from the workshop held in Port aux Basques 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 on the Southwest Coast 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)

Contact Information

Amy Jones, Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator
The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development
Phone: 709-864-6115
Email: amyjones@mun.ca 


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