Cabot Martin Award

The Cabot Martin Award for Research in Regional Policy and Development

About the fund

The Cabot Martin Award for Research in Regional Policy and Development was established in memory of Cabot James Martin (1944-2022), considered by many to be one of the driving forces behind the Atlantic Accord. Passionate about Newfoundland and Labrador and public policy, Cabot Martin left a legacy of visionary approaches to fisheries, aquaculture, offshore oil and gas policy and was a vocal proponent of local approaches to economic development and strong democratic processes and institutions.

Cabot Martin bio here.

Directed toward the governance and policy issues which were so central to Mr. Martin’s writings and public commentary, the $18,000 award will be given annually to a student, faculty or staff member of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador for a research project directed toward governance and public policy issues. In addition, the Cabot Martin Award Lecture in Regional Policy and Development in Newfoundland and Labrador will see the research fund recipient deliver a public lecture to share the results of their work and spark further discussion on topics of importance to the province. 


The principal applicant can be:

  • Memorial University faculty member with research privileges;
  • Memorial University faculty (teaching term appointment) with a co-investigator with research privileges;
  • Memorial University student with an academic supervisor with research privileges;
  • Memorial University staff with a faculty co-applicant with research privileges;
  • Postdoctoral fellow at Memorial University with a faculty co-applicant with research privileges.

Principal applicants are expected to maintain a Memorial University affiliation for the duration of the project.

Application Process

Please review the award guide for full details.

Prior to applying for the Harris Centre applied research funding, applicants must create a project entry in ROMEO system managed through the Research Initiatives and Services.

All applications are to be submitted using the Harris Centre online application system here.

When applying online you will be asked to provide the following information:

  • basic contact information for the principal applicant and any co-applicants on the project
  • an abstract (250 words)
  • scope and objective of the project (500 words)
  • relevance and practical importance of your project to Newfoundland and Labrador public policy and/or regional development issue (600 words)
  • theoretical approach you are proposing (400 words)
  • situate your research within the existing literature (400 words)
  • research plans and timelines (800 words)
  • knowledge mobilization plan (400 words)
  • team competences (or PI competences if a single investigator) (300 words)
  • budget details for the project for up to $18,000 
  • PI’s CV and given an opportunity to upload any other relevant documentation

If you have not used the online portal before, you will be prompted to set up an account. Please contact us if you have any problems.

This fund is currently closed.

Further questions and to apply

If you have any questions about the fund, its purpose or the application process, please contact Bojan Fürst, Manager of Knowledge mobilization, at If you encounter any technical issues with the application portal, please contact Ruby Fewer, Contracts and Funds Coordinator, at

Apply here.