The POWER of RESEARCH and LEARNING
Advancing our research profile
Grenfell’s research profile is interdisciplinary and diverse: our researchers investigate everything from climate change and food security to Indigenous heritage and performance art.
Our dynamic and creative scholars are increasingly active in many areas of research, innovation, scholarship and inspired activity; Grenfell Campus is realizing exponential research growth. We are recognized for our rich record of engagement with community partners and research collaborators, in Newfoundland and Labrador and around the world. The Research and Graduate Studies Office celebrates and shares the research and accomplishments of Grenfell’s faculty in INSIGHT-FELL and INSIGHT-BLOG. Our award-winning researchers receive Tri-Council funding, publish highly cited papers and engage our graduate students in a meaningful, collaborative manner.
The Research and Graduate Studies Office is also working on several organizational projects that will benefit the campus and the region. Through a partnership with the Harris Centre and its Sustainable Northern Coastal Communities and Thriving Regions initiatives, for example, Grenfell is building capacity in rural Newfoundland and Labrador, in the Northern Peninsula, Baie Verte and Southwest coast regions. The Research and Engagement Offices are also working to foster a long-term collaborative relationship between Grenfell, Gros Morne National Park and the region’s communities to support local initiatives, further distinguish the region as a tourism destination, and provide new opportunities for faculty, students and staff to undertake research and community engaged learning in Gros Morne.
A collaboration with Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd. will result in a Research and Innovation Hub – a resource for community members where they’ll connect with researchers, innovators and entrepreneurship expertise. The research component of the project has already created opportunities for graduate students through several Mitacs internships, which have been offered to students from our Master of Science (Master of Science in Boreal Ecosystems and Agricultural Sciences), as well as one postdoctoral position. These positions will expose students to industrial research processes with a commercial partner (Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd.) and establish connections between students and industry partners in the region while exploring ways to repurpose mill waste for agriculture or other uses and provide opportunities for new product development in the forestry sector. Grenfell Campus and NR-Can-CFS held a Forestry Research Connector event this year to promote new opportunities for collaborative work in forestry-related areas and is working with partners like the Newfoundland and Labrador Forest Industry Association, Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association, Women in Resource Development Corporation, Qalipu and College of the North Atlantic to gather information from stakeholders and to build awareness of the forest sector to attract underrepresented groups to jobs in the bioeconomy.
Two other important research clusters on our campus are aging research and food and agriculture. With respect to the food and agriculture sector, over the past year Grenfell Campus has held roundtable discussions to identify over-arching research priorities and worked on a number of agricultural initiatives with government and industry partners in an effort to build an inclusive agenda for research and engagement. To that end, the Grenfell Agriculture Working Group has been formed and we continue to document and share our contributions to the Province’s plans for doubling food production.