ST. JOHN'S, NL, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - The Research & Development
Corporation (RDC) today launched the details of the 2012 Ocean
Industries Student Research Awards. The awards target students studying
offshore petroleum engineering and geoscience, ocean engineering,
fisheries, aquaculture, marine science, and other areas that support
innovation and the commercialization of ocean technologies.
"Newfoundland and Labrador is renowned internationally for its
innovative research in ocean-related industries," said the Honourable
Keith Hutchings, Minister Responsible for the Research & Development
Corporation. "By attracting and retaining top student researchers we
are boosting the long-term sustainability and potential for this
valuable sector. The RDC Ocean Industries Student Research Awards is a
key instrument in this process, as well as advancing the capabilities
of local researchers and promoting future employment in this province's
The awards range in value from up to $7,500 per year for undergraduate
research and $20,000 to $30,000 per year at the graduate level. There
will be an estimated 20 research awards available. The students'
research supervisors will also receive funding to support their
"Today's announcement marks the third competitive call for applications,
supports the development of highly-qualified researchers and focuses
research and development (R&D) activities on priority areas relevant to
Newfoundland and Labrador's industry needs, competitive advantages and
development opportunities," said Glenn Janes, Chief Executive Officer
of RDC. "The competitive funding awards enable top students to carry
out leading research, strengthening R&D in this province."
The awards are open to post-secondary undergraduate and graduate
students in Canada and internationally, who are interested in pursuing
ocean industries-related studies and research in Newfoundland and
Labrador, at either Memorial University of Newfoundland or College of
the North Atlantic.
Award candidates will be selected based on academic achievement, the
technical merits of the proposed research plan and the relevance of the
research to Newfoundland and Labrador's ocean industries. The final
selection of award recipients will be made with advice from RDC's
research awards committee, comprised of academia, industry and
Applications are available online at www.researchnl.com. The deadline for applications is January 27, 2012.
About RDC's Ocean Industries Student Research Awards
RDC's Ocean Industries Student Research Awards represent both a reward
for academic excellence and a strategic investment by RDC in research
expertise. The awards target students who are interested in pursuing
higher education, industry-relevant research and future employment in
Newfoundland and Labrador's ocean industries.
About the Research & Development Corporation
The Research & Development Corporation (RDC) is a provincial Crown
corporation responsible for improving Newfoundland and Labrador's R&D
performance. RDC works with R&D stakeholders including business,
academia and government agencies and departments. For more information
about RDC, go to www.researchnl.com.
For further information:
| Jeff Green |
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Research & Development Corporation
| Scott Barfoot |
Director of Communications
Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development