November 19, 2017

RDC Investment Supports Research Focused on the Oil and Gas Sector
Newfoundland and Labrador

July 8, 2014

The Research & Development Corporation (RDC) is investing $2.3 million in academic-led R&D projects to help overcome technical challenges in the oil and gas sector, particularly in harsh offshore environments. These Memorial University projects aim to improve safety, environmental protection, and efficiency associated with challenging oil and gas projects, both in Newfoundland and Labrador, and around the world. RDC’s investment in 17 projects will leverage an additional $4.4 million from other funding sources.

“Newfoundland and Labrador is well suited to be the hub for research into harsh environments. By investing $2.3 million through RDC we are helping to solve pressing technical challenges and strengthening partnerships between academia and the province’s oil and gas sector. The research we are funding through these projects will also position our province, and Memorial University, as a global centre for innovation and creative problem-solving in the oil and gas industry, particularly in harsh environments.”
- The Honourable Susan Sullivan, Minister Responsible for the Research & Development Corporation

Twelve of the R&D projects are being carried out in collaboration with industry partners or other researchers. Five projects are aimed at attracting highly-qualified researchers and building new R&D capacity in areas relevant to the Newfoundland and Labrador economy. For a full list of projects and project descriptions, please see the backgrounder below.

“Collaboration between the province’s academic researchers and industry is a key ingredient for competitive product development. These relationships ensure that the energy sector has access to relevant, high-quality R&D resources. The technologies emerging from these projects will help build a knowledge-based economy that will strengthen our existing resources.”
- Glenn Janes, Chief Executive Officer, Research & Development Corporation

This investment also builds capacity at Memorial University through the purchase of specialized equipment, the training of students and attraction and retention of highly qualified researchers.

“By virtue of our location and our exceptional faculty and students, Memorial University has built world-renowned expertise in many of the areas vital to oil and gas development, particularly in Arctic and harsh environments. With the support provided by RDC, our researchers are even better equipped to respond to the needs and opportunities of this sector while training the next generation of highly qualified professionals.”
- Dr. Gary Kachanoski, President and Vice-Chancellor, Memorial University of Newfoundland

One of the projects supported through this investment is Dr. Christina Bottaro’s sensor technology design for rapid detection of contaminants in remote and harsh environments.

“The financial support from RDC has been vital in intensifying our research toward a commercially-viable device. It is an exciting time for the province and we are very fortunate to be in the position to mentor the next generation of scientists and entrepreneurs who will lead the province in the growth of a new technology sector in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
- Dr. Christina Bottaro, Department of Chemistry, Memorial University

The Research & Development Corporation is a provincial Crown corporation responsible for improving Newfoundland and Labrador’s research and development performance. RDC works with research and development stakeholders including business, academia and government agencies and departments to make strategic investments in highly qualified people, innovative R&D infrastructure and research.


  • RDC is investing $2.3 million in academic-led R&D projects that will seek to overcome technical challenges in the oil and gas sector.
  • The projects, conducted at Memorial University, aim to improve safety, environmental protection, efficiency and asset integrity associated with oil and gas projects.
  • RDC’s investment in 17 projects will leverage an additional $4.4 million from other funding sources.
  • Additional information on RDC’s research and development investment programs can be found at

Click here to read the backgrounder.