West White Rose Employment Diversity Research Fund – EOI
Academic Unit: Inquire with Unit
Memorial Deadline: Thursday 14th, November 2019
Memorial applicants should submit their EOI to Harris Centre using their online application platform by the application deadline. MUN researchers must contact their Grants Facilitation Officer, Associate Dean (Research) or equivalent unit signatory to obtain information on unit deadlines and processes prior to submission to Harris Centre.
Natural resource developments are drivers of economic activity and employment in communities and in Newfoundland and Labrador as a whole. Projects, both small and large in scale, require skilled and knowledgeable workers from a broad range of occupations. However, experience in the resource development sector has demonstrated that segments of the population continue to be under-represented in these developments, and proponents of natural resource projects are challenged to develop programs and initiatives to improve the participation of traditionally under-represented groups. Recruitment efforts targeted at under-represented groups have achieved modest results, and research is needed to better understand how to improve participation and how to grow the pool of diverse candidates for employment.
To better understand this issue and help build capacity to address it, Memorial University’s Harris Centre will fund research projects related to growing the pool of available qualified workers from under-represented groups in the natural resources sector in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Funding for this program has been provided by the West White Rose Project co-venture partners, specifically Husky Energy (Operator), Suncor and Nalcor.
1. To conduct applied research relating to growing the pool of diverse candidates for employment in medium-sized and large resource-based enterprises. Eligible sectors may include upstream petroleum, mining and metallurgy, renewable energy, forestry, agriculture, aquaculture and the capture fishery.
2. To build research capacity and knowledge in the community sector specifically in the area of employment for under-represented groups. Consistent with the Atlantic Accord, the under-represented groups are women, members of aboriginal groups, persons with disabilities and visible minorities. Priority will be given to projects that have implications and benefit to a broad group or multiple groups.
3. To encourage community groups to work collaboratively with each other and with representatives of the academic community to identify evidence-based solutions to diversity challenges.
More information can be found here.