Our Plans: COASTS

We are keenly aware of the opportunities and challenges in our ever-changing North.
Our Cold Ocean and Arctic Science, Technology and Society, or COASTS, initiative aims to emphasize and enhance our world-leading capability.

Our ongoing plans include:

  • Investing in a new $325 million Core Science Building—which includes 125,000 square feet reserved for industry R&D collaboration.
  • Doubling our Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the Labrador Institute, and increasing the size of the Marine Institute by a third.
  • We’re increasing our number of research-ready graduate students with the goal of reaching the highest proportion of graduate to undergraduate students in Canada by 2020.
  • Over the past five years we’ve invested over $155 million in COASTS projects—one-third coming from industry partners.*
  • Over the next five years another $130 million of COASTS-related investment is expected from industry partners.
  • C-CORE is working with industry and government partners to build the world’s first, and only ice capable Oil Spill Response Centre of Excellence.
  • Making the Marine Institute’s Holyrood Marine Base into “Woods Hole of the North,” specializing in ocean technology and training.
  • Transforming the former Battery Hotel on historic Signal Hill into a hub for public engagement and innovation.
  • Joining forces with Dalhousie University and the University of Prince Edward Island to create the Ocean Frontier Institute for Safe and Sustainable Ocean Development. 
  • Continuing to support our "bridging institutions" in providing support to the innovatione ecosystem in NL. For more on Memorial's work in this area, see case studies from the Munk School of International Affairs, on C-CORE and MI.

*Not including funding from Granting Councils


We are Here

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