ST. JOHN'S, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - The Research & Development Corporation
(RDC) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 Ocean Industries
Student Research Awards (OISRA) competition. The competition supports
up to $1 million in ocean industries relevant research and represents a
strategic investment in the next generation of researchers and in
technical expertise required in industry, academia and government.
"Advancing ocean technology in Newfoundland and Labrador is a priority
for our government, and we are pleased to support opportunities for
research and innovation which will help build knowledge and capacity,"
said the Honourable Charlene Johnson, Minister Responsible for the
Research & Development Corporation. "We have an obligation to manage
our ocean resources in a sustainable manner and capitalize on
development opportunities which will expand the expertise, and
competitive advantages that exist in oceans-related industries in
Newfoundland and Labrador."
Awards are available to students enrolled in a Newfoundland and Labrador
college, institute or university, with industry collaboration required
at the graduate level. The competition provides awards of up to $30,000
per year for PhD students, up to $20,000 per year for master's
students, $7,500 for bachelor's students and $5,000 for diploma
students. Research supervisors are also eligible for awards in support
of student research.
Over the past four years, more than 60 student projects have received
research awards in fields such as offshore petroleum engineering,
geoscience, ocean engineering, marine transport, fisheries, aquaculture
and marine science.
"The key to the long-term success of this program is increased
collaboration with industry," said Glenn Janes, Chief Executive Officer
of the Research and Development Corporation. "Newfoundland and Labrador
companies can provide real world expertise and knowledge, while our
student researchers bring the science, passion and innovation required.
I look forward to seeing the impact of these awards on both the
students and the industry partners with which they collaborate."
The deadline for master's and doctoral candidates is February 20, 2014.
The deadline for diploma and bachelor's applicants is May 15, 2014. To
find out more about RDC's OISRA program, visit www.rdc.org and follow RDC on Twitter, @RDCNL.
RDC is a provincial Crown corporation with a mandate to strengthen the
focus, quantity, quality and relevance of research and development for
the economic benefit of the province. RDC works with R&D stakeholders
including business, academia and government agencies and departments to
fulfill its mandate.
SOURCE: Research & Development Corporation
For further information:
Director of Marketing and Communications
Research & Development Corporation
Director of Communications
Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development