Research at MI

Research at MI

The Marine Institute works closely with industry to answer research questions of importance to the economic development of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Our Office of Research and Development is available to assist Marine Institute researchers and our industrial clients.

Please continue to follow the messages issued by the Marine Institute and via Newsline to the Memorial community and check back for regularly updated content.

Based on staff returning to campus, and the changes in public health measures, the following measures will be effective Feb. 28, 2022, for research activities under the auspices of Memorial:

(1) In addition to critical COVID-19 research and essential clinical trials, low-risk research involving face-to-face interactions with research participants may also be carried out subject to normal ethics approvals. Low-risk research requires that the researchers and the research participants maintain, at all times, a minimum of two-meters physical distancing and wear three-ply masks. Where the research cannot meet this requirement, researchers must co-ordinate with Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at to determine what additional control measures are required for their specific research activities.

(2) Domestic travel for purposes of research is permitted subject to normal travel request approvals (see the General Travel Policy). In the case of travel into Indigenous communities, researchers must continue to respect and adhere to travel protocols set out by Indigenous governments, regions and communities. Researchers have a responsibility to find out what the travel restrictions and protocols are, and to contact the relevant individual(s) or group(s) for further information and, if applicable, permissions. Researchers are asked to keep in mind that these restrictions and protocols may change over time and that due diligence is important. Contact information for Indigenous governments and groups in Newfoundland and Labrador can be found here

(3) International travel for purposes of research is permitted subject to the guidelines outlined in Memorial’s Travel Outside of Canada Policy. Uncertainty remains around international travel and while Memorial no longer requires students, staff and faculty to book fully refundable travel, proof of appropriate travel cancellation insurance for those who make non-refundable purchases is required.

Researchers are required to complete the pre-departure session available through the Internationalization Office and confirm that they carry travel health insurance covering COVID-19 related expenses. The Travel Registry Form, available here, must also be completed prior to travel. Researchers must also follow the General Travel Policy, ensuring their unit head is aware of their travel.

The risks associated with international travel are still high, given the high incidence of the Omicron variant, and necessary precautions must be taken. This includes reviewing potential restrictions on incoming travel at your destination and reviewing travel insurance documentation for COVID-19 related updates. For employees, travel insurance is covered by SSQ Travel Health Insurance.

Individuals with scenario-specific questions related to the resumption of international travel can contact

(4)    Other on-campus research that does not involve face-to-face interactions with research participants may continue subject to researchers abiding by Memorial’s current COVID-19 control measures (e.g. three-ply masks, handwashing, physical distancing). An occupancy density of 52 sq. ft. per person may be used for research spaces.

For researchers on the St. John’s Campus, three-ply disposable and N95 masks will be stocked in department offices in faculties and schools and throughout campus for those who may forget or misplace their mask. Units are encouraged to stock disposable masks if a member of the community requires one and these can be requested through the Strategic Procurement Office at

Researchers at Grenfell Campus and the Marine Institute Campus should contact their research offices for additional information regarding research activities based from those campuses. For questions related to research pertaining to Labrador and the Labrador Campus, Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo, interim dean, School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies, ( can provide guidance.

Researchers should monitor Memorial’s COVID-19 webpage for updates and check for relevant COVID-19 information, notices and updates on unit specific webpages.

MI Research Activity Requests

The Marine Institute will implement its own processes for approvals of research activities for the duration of the pandemic.

Based on the direction of the Vice-president, Memorial University (Marine Institute) or designate, Schools Heads will review and approve MI Research Activity Requests. Where necessary, Memorial’s Office of the Vice-President (Research) will be informed of requests.

Approvals are only provided if they meet the requirements of essential, time sensitive or critical research.

Schools Heads must coordinate their requests with the MI’s Associate Vice-president (Academic and Research) and Facilities and Technical Services and Building Access Committee.

To make a MI Research Activity Request:

If approved to access campus, please ensure you:

  • Complete Memorial’s COVID-19 awareness training
  • Complete the Daily self-assessment in the MUN Safe app
  • Swipe your Electronic Key FOB in the main lobby for contact tracing
  • Wear a 3-ply non-surgical mask
  • Adhere to all health and safety regulations, building access requirements and posted signage
  • Maintain physical distancing, wash and/or sanitize your hands often, and only access areas that are open
  • Avoid socializing with others during your time on campus
Research Ethics

Research ethics information related to the Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research (ICEHR), the Grenfell Campus Research Ethics Board (GC-REB) and the Health Research Ethics Board are posted on their respective websites.

Indigenous Research

Indigenous communities across the province may follow a different scheduling for research opening and Memorial University will follow recommendations from the Miawpukek (Conne River) First Nation, Qalipu First Nation, Nunatsiavut Government, Innu Nation, NunatuKavut Community Council and any other Indigenous governing body or community regarding research implicating Indigenous groups.

In the case of research impacting Indigenous groups, please contact In all cases where research impacts on Indigenous groups, the permission from the appropriate Indigenous group is a condition of approval to undertake or resume research. In the case of research pertaining to Labrador, Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo, interim dean, School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies, ( can provide guidance. In the case of all other research impacting Indigenous groups, please contact

Electronic Key Fobs

Researchers must request an Electronic Key FOB from your School Head if you have not already received one.

Library Services

For further information about library services, the library can be reached by email or visit