Public Engagement Accelerator Fund

Accelerator Fund is NOW OPEN. Closing September 18, 2020.

Memorial University’s Public Engagement Accelerator Fund is intended to help meet the goals and objectives of Memorial’s Public Engagement Framework by increasing capacity of our faculty, students and staff to collaborate with partners outside the University (i.e., the public).

The fund offers up to $10,000 to support the initiation or extension of public engagement projects that link to Memorial’s academic mission.

We invite applicants to review the FUND GUIDE for more information. To apply, click the link below.


If you have any questions about the fund, contact us

Previous awardees: 



Fall 2019

  • Jill Allison (Faculty of Medicine) and Susan Boone (Heal Bell Island) – Healing Beyond Bell Island: Sharing a Community Support Model for Addictions Support and Treatment
  • Cathy Newhook (Harris Centre) and Mike Kehoe (Older Workers NL) – Older Workers Summit
  • Rochelle Cote (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) and Stacey Howse (First Light) – Celebrating Indigenous Boarders: Making for New Cultural Understanding of Indigenous Urban Youth Landscapes in Newfoundland
  • Jenna Rosales (Faculty of Engineering) and Justin Haley (Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador) – Designing a More Mindful Engineering Community
  • Kelly Butler (Indigenous Resource Centre) and Arlene White (Bay St. George Mi-kmaq Cultural Revival Committee) – Maw-lulwu’tinej/Let’s Work Together: Relationship-Building and Collaboration in a Mi-kmaw Context
  • Mary Dalton (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) and Elizabeth Lawrence (City of St. John’s) – Flahoolic: A Poetry Podcast
  • Shannon Lewis-Simpson (Student Life) and Joan Butler (New Perlican Heritage Committee) – Advancing Experiential Learning and Regional Cultural Narratives in New Perlican
  • Stephan Czarnuch (Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science) and Jerry Earle (Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees- NAPE) - Road to Mental Readiness for First Responders: Train the trainer in NL
  • Nicholas Lynch (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) and Viviana Ramirez-Luna (Zero Waste Canada) – The Road to Zero Waste and the Circular Economy in Newfoundland: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Kathryn Lear (Signal Hill Campus) and Amy Henderson (Business & Arts NL) – Hill Harmonies: Student Music Performance Series
  • Atanu Sarkar (Faculty of Medicine) and Dan Rubin (Perfectly Perennial Herbs and Seeds) – A partnership to sustain local food production using the Earth Sheltered Greenhouse

Winter 2019

  • Bill Brennan (School of Music) and Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board – Playing Out: Engaging Youth with Music
  • Delores V. Mullings (School of Social Work) and Association for New Canadians – Creating opportunities for dialogue among newcomer racialized women and community stakeholders to strategize about inclusive and welcoming workplaces
  • Meghan Forsyth (School of Music) and SingSong Inc. – Festival of Traditional Newfoundland and Labrador Music, Song and Stories
  • Kristina Szutor (School of Music) and Kittiwake Dance Theatre – Partnering in Dance: Developing Collaborative Capacity
  • Jan Buley (Faculty of Education) and Stella’s Circle – The Lullaby Project NL: Engaging with beauty through poetry and music
  • Karen Goodnough (Faculty of Education) and Shorefast Foundation – Fostering Ocean Literacy and Environmental Stewardship: The Adapt-an-Island Project
  • Kim Cullen (School of Human Kinetics and Recreation) and Newfoundland & Labrador Construction Safety Association – Working together: Unpacking what works in return-to-work
  • Myriam Osorio (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) and Salsa in St. John’s – Carnaval Latino!
  • Nicholas Welch (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) and Innu Nation – Innu Community Linguistics Workshop
  • Ryan Murphy (Student Life) and TEDxStJohn’s – Spreading Pollen: a local enterprise network
  • Teresa Connors (International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation and post-doctoral research fellow, Memorial) and Parks Canada Agency – Sonics from our Ocean’s Edge
  • Martha Traverso-Yepez (Facutly of Medicine) and Eastern Health – Engaging Newfoundland and Labrador in Designing a Perinatal Health Framework

Summer 2018

Anne Burke (Faculty of Education) - Makerspaces in Museums and Galleries for Intergenerational Learning
Deborah Kelly (School of Pharmacy) - Academic Detailing for Community Pharmacists Involved in Deprescribing Scope of Practice
Blair Winsor (School of Business) - Workshop for Rural Community Economic Development Using Social Enterprise
Karen Hattenhauer (Faculty of Science) - Laboratory Experience for Pubic School Students: A MUN Field trip
Ian Sutherland (School of Music) - Making music work: Professional development workshops for musicians
Rosemary Ricciardelli (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) - Relational justice: Creating a culture of restoration and accountability within St. Mary's Elementary School Community
Svetlana Barkanova (Faculty of Science) - Stars for Everyone: Culture and Astronomy in and out of Classroom
Vernon Curran (School of Medicine) - The Digital Health Revolution: Community Perspectives of Digital Health in Newfoundland and Labrador
John Atkinson (Faculty of Science) - Public Website for Wild and Country Foods of Newfoundland and Labrador

Winter 2017

Andrea Rose (Faculty of Education) - Building community and learning together: the making of a Newfoundland and Labrador Choral Federation
Robert Ormsby (Department of English) - Brave New Worlds: Shakespeare In Newfoundland and Labrador
Jennifer Browne (Student Experience Office) - Charging the Battery: Creating a Graduate Residential College
Julia Lukewich (School of Nursing) - Integrating Nurses into the Primary Care Setting in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL): The Development of Core Competencies for Family Practice Nursing
Sylvia Moore (Faculty of Education) - Intergenerational Teaching
Alison Carr (ISER Books) - Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge: Excerpts from Chapters I and II
Jamie Skidmore (Department of English) - A Fish Tale: An Engaging Partnership Between Isle aux Morts Heritage Society, the Town of Isle aux Morts, Qalipu First Nation, and Memorial University
Xili Duan(Faculty Engineering and Applied Science) - Energy Recovery Integrated with Sewage Treatment for Sustainable Community Development
April Manuel (school of Nursing) - "The Experiences of Individuals in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) Living with Hearing Loss: The Development of a Proposal"
Katherine Side (Department of Gender Studies) - Connecting Through Cloth: Clothing Northern Newfoundland and Coastal Labrador

Summer 2016

Rose Ricciardelli (Department of Sociology) - Implementing and Evaluating Extra-Judicial Measures in Newfoundland and Labrador
Max Liboiron (Department of Sociology) - Citizen Science on Marine Plastic Pollution in Newfoundland and Labrador Schools & School Programs
Gail Wideman (School of Social Work) - Atlantic Regional Military and Veterans Families Leadership Circle
Margarita Kondratieva - (Faculty of Education) - Math Circles of St. John's Pilot Project
Sarah J. Martin (Department of Political Science) - Scaling Food Security Partnerships Up and Down: Global and Local Lessons on Community Engagement
Stephen Tomblin (Department of Political Science) - Regional Avalon Collaboration on Emergency Preparedness
Alex Marland (Department of Political Science) - Newfoundland and Labrador Democracy Project
Dorothy Vaandering (Faculty of Education) - Relationships First: Creating School Cultures of Belonging
Ursula Kelly (Faculty of Education) - Remembering and Celebrating the Songs, Stories and Service of the Newfoundland Forest Corp of World War I and the Newfoundland Overseas Forestry Unit of World War II

Febuary 2016

David Gill & Gerard Galway (Faculty of Education)“Making” a Difference: Building Bridges Through Public Engagement
Tom Gordon (School of Music)20th Biennial Inuit Studies Conference
Catherine de Boer (School of Social Work)Right Here, Right Now: A Women Centered, Trauma-Informed Drop-In Counselling Initiative
Olga Heath (Faculty of Medicine)Engaging the Community in Health Professional Education: Interprofessional Placements in Community Agencies
Wiliam Driedzic (Department of Ocean Sciences)Public Aquarium at Champney's West
Arn Keeling (Departmetn of Geography)Resource Development and Community Well-Being: Public dialogue on “social license to operate”
Lisa Russell (Student Life) - Mobilizing Knowledge on the East Coast Trail: A Pilot Project to Enable Experiential Learning and Advance Regional Cultural Tourism
Kevin Pope (Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science) - Bubble Greenhouse Collaboration for Community Development and Food Security
Fiona Polack (Department of English) - Screening the Offshore
Carolyn Sturge-Sparkes (Faculty of Medicine)- Seeing Beyond Good Medicines (Title Innu-Aimun) : A Collaborative Learning Project between Innu Youth and Students of Health Care Professions
Aimee Surprenant(Department of Psychology)Science Literacy Week 2016

September 2015 

Dr. Kati Szego (School of Music) - The Neighbours Project: Cultural Diversity in Newfoundland and Labrador (Phase 1)
Dr. Catherine Donovan (Faculty of Medicine) - Monitoring the Evolution of a Healthy Built Environment in Newfoundland and Labrador: Developing a Proposal for Intersectoral Engagement.
Dr. Sandrine Jean (Department of Anthropology) - Housing Forum: Housing and the mobile workforce in Newfoundland and Labrador
Dr. Agnes Juhasz-Ormsby (Department of English) - The Mullock Collection and Newfoundland Print Culture
Dr. Kelly Vodden (Environmental Policy Institute) - Moving towards sustainability in the Clarenville-Bonavista Rural Secretariat Region: A report card for regional sustainability and community mobilization
Ms. Lynn Morrissey (Faculty of Business Administration) - Labrador Hydroponic Co-Operative
Dr. Kristin Harris-Walsh (School of Music) - Memorial's Dancer in Residence
Dr. Stephen Bornstein (Faculty of Medicine) - The NL Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR) Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program: Accelerator Project for Patient/Caregiver Partnerships & Federal

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Public Engagement

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000