Units in Vice-President Research Portfolio
Animal Care Services is responsible for the oversight of all animal care and use in research and teaching at the university and its affiliated institutes. This encompasses four facilities on the St John’s campus, in addition to the Marine Institute, Grenfell Campus and the Bonne Bay Marine Station. The unit is also actively involved in teaching labs for medical residents in the disciplines of Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Emergency Medicine and advanced post-graduate trauma operative management.
A new research facility, the Animal Resource Centre (the ARC) is set to open late in 2020 at the Health Sciences Centre site.
Animal Care Services works hand in hand with the Animal Care Committee to ensure protocol approval and ongoing compliance for with the federally mandated guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) and maintenance of institutional accreditation by that body. Memorial University holds a Certificate of Good Animal Practice (GAP certificate) from the CCAC.
Strategic Institutional Research Initiatives (SIRI) oversees all aspects of the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRC), the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and other large-scale institutional funding programs. It also promotes and facilitates the nomination of faculty and staff for prestigious honours with the intent of increasing and highlighting Memorial’s reputation and research success. SIRI also supports Memorial’s CREAIT Network, a university-wide network designed to maximize the impact of Memorial's institutional investments in research through enhanced access to, and utilization of, major research equipment.
Research Grant and Contract Services (RGCS) supports the efforts of the research community at Memorial University to secure external funding for research and the training of graduate students in compliance with the scholarly, ethical and administrative standards of research sponsors (e.g. the Tri-Council). RGCS is responsible for facilitating grant applications to external funding agencies; reviewing and negotiating the terms and conditions of research contracts and agreements; institutional sign-off on research applications, contracts and agreements; administering and organizing the adjudication of Memorial's internal grants competitions; ensuring that all accountability and regulatory requirements of the Tri-Council (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) and other federal, provincial and local funding agencies and sponsors are met; and providing accurate and timely information about research funding opportunities.
In addition, RGCS houses the Research Project Management division, which provides post-award administration and oversight for all ACOA-AIF funded research and development partnerships ongoing on the St. John's campus. This currently includes 9 major projects with a cumulative value of approximately $86M.
The Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office (TTCO) supports faculty, students and staff with their research industrial liaison, technology transfer and commercialization activities. The TTCO is committed to foster a progressive culture of technology transfer and commercialization that will promote social and economic benefits for Newfoundland and Labrador. We encourage an environment in which Memorial students, faculty, and staff work with the business community to bring research ideas to market.
The Department of Technical Services is responsible for developing and maintaining specialized equipment to support research activities. This unit services laboratory equipment, specialized machinery and scientific instruments. With highly trained staff and modern facilities, this group offers expertise in electronics, circuit board development, networking, computer repairs, glassblowing, CNC machining, scale model making, mechanical fabrication and selective laser sintering. The employees of Technical Services work closely with researchers to develop and build custom apparatus and prototypes. The department focuses on developing services that are beneficial to Memorial's researchers but not otherwise available in the local community. This removes geographic roadblocks and creates a competitive advantage for Memorial.