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CARD is a medium- to long-term research & development initiative in collaboration with industry, dedicated to responsible, cost-effective hydrocarbon development in Arctic regions.

CARD in the Newfoundland & Labrador Context

CARD  (Centre for Arctic Resource Development) is located within the C-CORE complex of facilities on Memorial University Campus in St. John`s, and forms part of a well-established and continually evolving Newfoundland research & development community and technology cluster. The cluster`s principal areas of expertise lie in arctic and ocean knowledge and technology. This expertise is distributed throughout a network of complementary private, academic, provincial and federal government organizations, institutes and facilities. These include:


Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Atlantic Innovation Fund (ACOA - AIF): an initiative through which the Government of Canada makes strategic investments to help close Atlantic Canada’s "research and development (R & D) gap" and to contribute to the region's economic development over the longer term.  For more information, visit:

National Research Council`s Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering (NRC-OCRE) facilities in St. John's: Canada's national centre for ocean technology R&D. It provides innovative solutions and technical expertise in support of Canadian industry. Its facilities include a 90-metre ice tank, 200-metre towing tank, cavitation tunnel and offshore engineering basin complete with wind, wave and current generators.  For more information, visit:


Research & Development Corporation, Newfoundland & Labrador (RDC NL): established in 2009 by the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador to enhance the province`s research and development (R&D) capacity and increase R&D activity. Operating at arm’s length from the provincial government, RDC provides leadership, strategic focus and investments in order to strengthen and improve the research system throughout the province.   For more information, visit:


Memorial University Memorial University of Newfoundland, (colloquially known as Memorial University or "MUN") is a comprehensive university whose main campus is in St. John's, NL. It maintains close cooperative relationships with both CARD and C-CORE.  With historical strengths in education, engineering, business, geology, and medicine, Memorial`s $100 million research portfolio is extremely diverse, but has a special focus on arctic, ocean and oil and gas related topics.

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Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, in particular, conducts R&D focused on offshore, ocean and naval architectural engineering. Its facilities include a 58-metre wave tank, structures laboratory, cold rooms for ice mechanics testing, CAD Centre, and model fabrication, welding and machining shops. For more information, visit:


Petroleum Research, Newfoundland & Labrador (PRNL): a federally-incorporated, not-for-profit organization that funds and facilitates collaborative research and development (R&D) on behalf of Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil and gas industry. PRNL seeks proposals for research and technology development projects that address the operational, technical and business needs of the NL offshore oil and gas industry. Its mission is to identify opportunities, develop proposals, fund and manage the execution of research and technology development projects on behalf of the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore oil and gas industry. For more information, visit:

C-CORE:  an independent not-for-profit R&D corporation that creates value in the private and public sectors by undertaking applied research and development, generating knowledge, developing technology solutions and highly-qualified personnel, and driving innovation.

Established in 1975 as the Centre for Cold Ocean Resources Engineering to address challenges facing oil & gas development offshore Newfoundland & Labrador and other ice-prone regions into which industry was then first venturing, C-CORE is now a multi-disciplinary organization with world-leading capability in Remote Sensing, Ice Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering, all of which work together to address the complex, cross-disciplinary issues encountered in cold, harsh and remote environments.

C-CORE is home to both CARD and LOOKNorth, a Canadian Centre of Excellence for remote sensing innovation to support northern resource development (for more information about LOOKNorth, visit: C-CORE maintains a close, collaborative relationship with Memorial University.

Many private engineering and technology companies in the region boast valuable, highly specialized R&D capacity. Most are members of Oceans Advance and can be located via their website at: