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Office of Research and Graduate Studies


Office of Research and Graduate Studies Updates

Grenfell Campus's Office of Research and Graduate Studies is currently undertaking a number of exciting new projects to foster research and research collaborations on campus and beyond.

The Fast Track to Research project is currently collecting input from external industries, NGOs, and other community organizations, as well as from Grenfell Campus faculty, staff, and students to better connect on-campus research expertise with off-campus research opportunities. This project is funded by Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the provincial Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation (TCII). Once data has been collected a database will be compiled and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies will begin work on facilitating partnerships and stronger, external-internal, research relationships. Faculty have been sent questionnaires which can be filled out; if you haven't already replied please do so as soon as possible. Should you wish to participate as a staff member or student please send us a paragraph outlining:

  • Your research interests and expertise.
  • Key partnerships you have participated in.
  • Any specific community organizations, businesses, or industry sectors you would like to partner with (please list).
  • What role you see the Office of Research and Graduate Studies playing in support of potential partnerships you've listed.

For more information, and to submit to Fast Track, email

Grenfell Campus's Offices of Engagement and Research and Graduate Studies are working to foster a long-term collaborative relationship between campus research capacity and Gros Morne National Park and the region's communities. Through the project, Grenfell will work with partners in Gros Morne such as the Gros Morne Cooperating AssociationParks Canada and the enclave communities in the Park to support local initiatives and further distinguish the region as a tourism destination. The project will provide new opportunities for faculty, students, and staff to undertake research and community engaged learning in Gros Morne. If you are interested in participating please email Ken Carter at

Grenfell Campus and the Canadian Forest Service (CFS), of Natural Resources Canada, are hosting a Forestry Research Connector event to highlight current research and potential opportunities for collaborative work in forestry-related topics. You are invited to share your forestry-related expertise/research in a 3-minute (1 slide) presentation during this event. Following the presentations, you are welcome to participate in a roundtable networking and informal discussion which will provide opportunities to make connections towards future research collaborations. The event will take place Tuesday, December 4, 2018 (11:30 – 1:30 p.m.) in room FC3019, Forest Centre, Grenfell Campus. Lunch is provided, but please RSVP to

The Office of Engagement at Grenfell Campus is working with The Harris Centre and the Port aux Basques Region Newfoundland Advisory Committee on the Thriving Regions Partnership Process. This process aims to promote a thriving social and economic Port aux Basques region through research, engagement, and teaching. It involved a workshop to help identify research priorities, a call for Memorial University researchers, and a second workshop is planned to connect researchers, working on the specific projects that are chosen to proceed, with local stakeholders. The second workshop will take place Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 10:30-3pm at the College of the North Atlantic, Port aux Basques (59 Grand Bay Road). If you are interested in attending the event contact Marilyn Forward at

Grenfell Campus has many strengths in research, engagement, and entrepreneurship support in the food and agriculture sector. Roundtable discussions have occurred on campus to identify over-arching research priorities in this area, and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies is working on a number of agricultural initiatives with government and industry partners. Now, the office needs your help to build an inclusive agenda for research and engagement to support development of this crucial sector. Join us on Monday, December 10th for an action-oriented discussion to identify strategic campus priorities for food and agriculture. The session will be held from 12-1:30 PM in FC 3019. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies has been participating in a number of provincial government planning initiatives including The Way Forward on Forestry and ongoing implementation and support of provincial The Way Forward priorities to grow NL agriculture. The Way Forward on Forestry process is determining a sector workplan involving a broad coalition of industry, community, academic and government partners. Additionally, the office is involved in two provincial Regional Innovation Systems Pilots (RIS) that are designed to enhance innovation and competitiveness at the regional level. In Corner Brook, we are participating in the forestry and agriculture RIS pilot and on the Northern Peninsula and in Southern Labrador we are involved in the tourism and fishery pilots. All of these initiatives have the potential to result funding and partnership opportunities for researchers and new research projects for Grenfell faculty and students. 

We would also like to draw attention to the fact that the deadline for the Vice President (Grenfell) Research Fund is around the corner: Dec. 17, 2018. You can learn more about nominating colleagues online here.


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Office of Research and Graduate Studies

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: FC4020-4027
Phone: (709) 637-7193