CLEAR is specifically designed to expand and contract based on how much funding we have. We began small (in a supply closet, to be exact) and if tough times happen we can be small again. In the meantime, we have ~20 members in a beautiful lab space at Memorial University, and are generously supported by the grants and contracts listed below. About 80% of our funding goes to personnel, almost all of whom are students.
- 2017-2023: Placing Science: Implementing Feminist, Indigenous, and Decolonial Theories of Place and Land in the Laboratory. SSHRC Insight Grant. PI: Max Liboiron. Budget: $293,633. This grant supports our more experimental feminist and anticolonial methodologies and was used to found the lab in our new space.
- 2020-2023: Investigating relationships between plastics in ice, snow, and Inuit wild food around Nain, Nunatsiavut. Nunatsiavut Government via the Indigenous Community‐Based Climate Monitoring Program. PI: Max Liboiron. Project Lead: Liz Pijogge (NG). Amount of contract: $92,100. This contract is for expanding plastics monitoring to environmental media chosen by Nunatsiavut Government leads.
- 2018-2022: Community monitoring of plastic pollution in wild food and environments in Nunatsiavut. Northern Contaminants Program (NCP), Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Co-Is: Max Liboiron, Liz Pijogge (Nunatsiavut Government). Amount of award: $97,859. This grant funds the creation of a community-based monitoring program in Nunatsiavut.
- 2015-2021: Memorial Undergraduate Career Employment Program (MUCEP); wages for undergraduate students to work in the lab. The amount varies each semester, but students are granted wages for 40 hours/semester and this funding stream is the backbone for most of our lab membership.
- 2020-2021: A regional comparison and community analysis of food prices in Newfoundland and Labrador. Smallwood Foundation, Memorial University. PI: Max Liboiron. Co-Is: Patricia Johnson-Castle (Nunatsiavut Government), Kerri Claire (Social Justice Coop, NL). Amount of award: $8000. These funds support our citizen science project monitoring food prices in the project. Funds are split evenly between a student coordinator and volunteer gift cards.
- 2020-2021: Food Pricing Survey: From Nain to Corner Book. Quick Start Award for Public Engagement, Memorial University. PI: Max Liboiron. Co-Is: Patricia Johnson-Castle (Nunatsiavut Government), Kerri Claire (Social Justice Coop, NL). Amount of award: $2475.20. This grant got our citizen science project on food pricing in gear.
- 2020-2021: Laboratory Life. Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) Knowledge Mobilization Fund. #1-02-05-089.1. PI: Max Liboiron. Partner: Couple3 Films. Amount of award: $34,650. This project turns some of our methods into short films.
- 2019-2022: Towards a marine management plan for Nunatsiavut: Coastal ecosystem research in support of priority concerns of Inuit. ArcticNet. Co-PIs: Tanya Brown (DFO) and Max Liboiron. Project team: David Cote (DFO), Evan Edinger (Memorial), Katleen Robert (Memorial), Aaron Fisk (University of Windsor). This large collaboration creates information in priority areas identified by the Nunatsiavut Government about Imappivut.
- 2020-2021: Movement of microplastics from land to sea in an urban waterway in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Ocean Frontier Institute Seed Grant. PI: Max Liboiron. Amount of Award: $15,793.20. This funds a pilot study focusing on urban water in our home city.
Completed funding streams:
- 2019-2020: Democratizing marine pollution science through DIY instrumentation: Building BabyLegs. MEOPAR Fathom Fund. PI: Max Liboiron. Project Team: Jeffrey Yoo Warren (Public Laboratory for Open Technology), Bronwen Desmore (Public Laboratory for Open Technology). Amount of award: $11,563 (25% crowdfunded, 75% MEOPAR). This grant is specifically for validating BabyLegs, our open-source tool for DIY science.
- 2019-2020: State of knowledge study on plastic marine debris in Newfoundland and Labrador. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Ocean Management Contribution Program. PI: Max Liboiron. Amount of award: $28,518. This funding is for creating original research and compiling a research report on the state of plastic pollution knowledge in the province.
- 2015 -2018: Monitoring Marine Plastics in Canada’s North, The Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR). Amount of award: $137,600. This grant allowed us to conduct many of our first plastic pollution studies on the island of Newfoundland.
- 2015 -2018: Action Research Methodologies for the Anthropocene: Knowing Ocean Plastics Through Participatory Citizen Science. SSHRC Insight Development Grant #430-2015-00413. Amount of award: $73,347. This early grant enabled some of the earliest iterations of CLEAR to come together to think about the relationships between action and knowledge production.