Memorial University receives more than $825,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation

Published on November 16, 2012

Nine researchers at Memorial University in St. John’s have received combined funding of $827,954 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to support their research programs.

According to a news release, the overall value of the research projects is more than $2 million.

The funding was awarded through the CFI’s Leaders Opportunity Fund, a program designed to help universities attract and retain the very best researchers at a time of intense international competition. Awards are made to researchers who are recognized leaders in their field, or those with a clear promise of becoming future leaders and who require specialized infrastructure.

“Our new Research Strategy Framework calls on Memorial University to support an environment of research excellence,” said Christopher Loomis, vice-president (research), Memorial University.

“That means attracting and retaining the very best scholars, and helping them acquire the specialized tools they need for their research.”

Researchers from the Faculties of Arts, Engineering and Applied Science, Science, Medicine and Grenfell Campus received funding under this program. The funding is also creating valuable opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration.

“CFI investments equip researchers with the tools they need to think big and turn discoveries into innovative products and processes that benefit their communities,” said Gilles G. Patry, CFI president and CEO.

Projects are eligible to receive up to 40 per cent of the total project cost from CFI under the Leader’s Opportunity Fund.

The researchers include:

• Dr. Kelly Hawboldt, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Co-applicants – Dr. Robert Helleur, Department of Chemistry and Dr. Lesley James, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Maximizing energy efficiency - Analytical Fuel Research for Enhanced Oil Recovery and Second Generation Biofuels



• Dr. Ronald Haynes, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science

Co-applicant – Dr. Colin Farquharson, Department of Earth Sciences

GPU-based high performance computer for geophysical applications



• Dr. Mani Larijani, Immunology and Infectious Diseases and Oncology, Faculty of Medicine

Mechanisms of genome mutators governing adaptive immunity and lymphomagenesis



• Dr. Iain McGaw, Ocean Sciences Centre, Faculty of Science

Development of a crustacean biology laboratory



• Dr. Penny Morrill, Faculty of Science and Dr. Vaughan Grimes, Faculty of Arts

Compositional and isotopic characterization of complex organic samples for the study of origin and preservation of hydrocarbons and biological tissues



• Dr. Barbara Neis, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Co-Director of the SafetyNet Centre for Research in Occupational Health and Safety

On the move: employment-related geographical mobility in the Canadian context



• Dr. Kapil Tahlan, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science

Co-applicant – Dr. Dawn Bignell, Department of Biology

Molecular and biochemical research laboratory for studying pathogenic and industrially relevant microorganisms



• Dr. Lev Tarasov, Canada Research Chair in Glacial Dynamics Modelling, Faculty of Science

High performance scientific computing infrastructure for Canada Research Chair in Glacial Dynamics Modelling


Dr. Jianghua Wu, Sustainable Resource Management, Grenfell Campus

Impacts of agricultural drainage and climate change on greenhouse gas emissions from northern peatlands