Research Milestones and Updates
The Strategic Research Intensity Plan 2014-2020 reflects a synergistic and integrated approach for strengthening all aspects of research at Memorial University, including scholarship and creative activities, as well as the translation of knowledge into products, practices and policies, and other forms of community engagement.
Here are some recent developments and milestones associated with achieving those goals:
- Seed, Bridge and Multidisciplinary Fund will seed new, "early days" innovative research projects, provide valuable bridge funding for researchers between grants, and encourage the development of multidisciplinary research activities which align with the priority research themes of the Research Strategy Framework. In 2016-17, 62 applications were received.
- Research MUCEPs began in January 2015. In 2016-17, 87 research-based positions were supported through the Memorial Undergraduate Career Experience Program (MUCEP). The program supports greater opportunities for undergraduate training and engagement and simulates a heightened interest of graduate studies and research careers among undergrads. The Research MUCEPs supports SRIP's goal of providing undergraduate research incentive funding.
- Undergraduate students can apply for 13- and 16-week summer research internships. The University Student Summer Internship Program (USSIP) provides students with the opportunity to carry out a 13- or 16-week research/development work term under the supervision of a full-time faculty member or regular term appointee. The program will provide $4,500 with the remaining to be contributed by the supervisor. In 2016-17, 10 internships were awarded.
- The Richard Marceau-Fogo Island Research Fellowship Program will see up to 10 faculty members selected by Memorial to spend four weeks in residence at Fogo Island to complete the writing of a significant manuscript which disseminates the results of a major research project, or to complete work on a major work of artistic creation. In 2015-16, four fellowships were awarded. The fellowship was renamed in honour of the late Dr. Richard Marceau, who helped establish the research fellowship. Dr. Marceau served as Memorial's vice-president (research) from 2013 until he passed passed away in September 2016. In 2016-17, five fellowships were awarded.