Research Professional Support - NBIF - FINB

Research Professional Support

Funding support for research professionals. 
We are proud to support the province’s highly qualified research professionals. Recognizing the importance of contributions to salary that are not tied to specific projects,  NBIF has three funding opportunities for the support of professionals: 

Start-up Awards: A one-time award to kick start the applied research programs of new permanent faculty and researchers at NB institutions
Research Professional Initiative: partial funding to hire research professionals (lab managers, technicians, postdocs etc.) working on applied programs at NB institutions.
NB Innovation Research Chair: a sunsetting program that founded five Chairs in applied research at NB institutions.

Start-up Awards

Attracting the right talent is imperative for all organizations focused on innovation, and today, the competition for that talent is global. NBIF provides funding for hiring outstanding professors and researchers and investing in some of the resources they will need to succeed. Most grants are made in the range of $25,000 - $50,000 and go towards the purchase of infrastructure needed to kick-start the applied research program.

Formal requests for funding must be submitted by email to from a research organization or the official research services department of a New Brunswick research institute, community college, or university.


Research Professionals Initiative

The Research Professionals Initiative (RPI) provides applied researchers some of the funding they need to hire research professionals. Funding is provided to a maximum of $90,000 per position created, primarily for salary and benefits. The funding will be evenly spread over three years ($30,000 per year). Matching funds can include direct contributions to the professional’s salary and benefits by the college or university, expenses related to the professional covered by other funding sources, grants obtained by the professional, and in kind contributions. The amount requested in the RPI proposal must be at least evenly matched, e.g. if $90,000 is requested then $90,000 in matching funds must be provided. Click here for full evaluation criteria.

Applications open November 7th, 2019 and close January 20th, 2020 at 5 pm.
Notification of decision will be sent by March 2nd, 2020.

Applications must be made via the NBIF Application Portal.


NB Innovation Research Chair

Please note: this program is not open for new applications.

The purpose of our $8 million New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair Initiative (NBIRC) is to foster greater collaboration between the private sector and academia. Each of these chairs are exclusively focused on research to help private sector companies develop new and improved products and technology. This includes the development of new or existing intellectual property within your company and/or the research chair and their team.

Companies interested in exploring collaborations with one of our research chairs are invited to reach out to our team via email or phone 506-452-2884.

Please refer to the profiles of our research chairs below to discover their areas of expertise. Funding for industry-research collaborations under the NBIRC are determined on a project by project basis.


J.R. Jocelyn Paré

Medical Technologie

J.R. Jocelyn Paré - Medical Technologie

Dr. Jocelyn Paré has had a long and distinguished career as a public sector scientist with Environment Canada. Over the years, he has published over 300 papers, 2000 more of which are a result of his work. His scientific specialties include nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to the analysis of contaminants in air, water, soil, plant and animal tissues; from chemical reactions caused by the impact of electrons to the structure of complex biological molecules. He is famous for developing Microwave-Assisted Processes and is the sole inventor of ten patents and co-inventor of two more.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society’s “Canadian Cancer Statistics 2014”, Atlantic Canada has the highest incidence rate in the country. With New Brunswick’s aging population, the effect of cancer on healthcare costs, life expectancy and suffering, continues to increase. By integrating his patents with, and applying his knowledge surrounding microwaves to products and research at the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, Dr. Paré’s is developing new, non-invasive treatments more precise screening methods for detecting cancer.

As the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Medical Technologies, Dr. Paré scientific and technology transfer expertise will help to position New Brunswick as a world leader in the discovery, innovation and commercialization of medical technologies. He will use his chair, network and knowledge in electromagnetic energy and microwave-assisted processing to create opportunities for multiple value-added industries including wood, food, biopharmaceuticals and bio-pesticides.

Erik Scheme

Medical Devices and

Erik Scheme - Medical Devices and

As technology advances, the demand for advanced wearable medical devices has seen a rapid increase in the past five years, including smart prosthetic hands and limbs, multi-monitoring devices for human physiology, and more recently, human performance augmentation technologies. The growth rate of the wearable medical device industry is expected to compound annually at a rate of 16%, and for multi-monitoring devices, 45%. In fact, the medical technology sector is expected to outperform pharmaceuticals by 2018. Founded in 1965, the UNB Institute for Biomedical Engineering is recognized as one of the top five research organizations of its kind in the world.

As the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Medical Devices and Technology, Dr. Scheme’s mandate is to position New Brunswick as a world leader in the discovery, innovation and commercialization of medical devices and technologies. He will lead the growth of New Brunswick’s emerging medical devices industry by making it a destination of choice for new and existing companies, entrepreneurs, and exceptional students. Working with a large internal team, and from other public and private organizations, Dr. Scheme’s focus is to effectively put the results of their collective work into the hands of industry.

Dr. Erik Scheme is a Research Engineer in biological signal processing and control, human-machine interfaces, and product design at the University of New Brunswick’s Institute for Biomedical Engineering. Recipient of the 2013 Governor General’s Gold Medal for Academic Excellence, he has published articles in the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, and others. Dr. Scheme received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick.

Marc Surette


Marc Surette - Biosciences

Nutrition magazines and media personalities have been hailing the positive affect of omega-3 fatty acids on human health for several years, and the food and pharmaceutical industries have followed suit. Common sources of omega-3 fatty acids currently come from animals, and most predominantly fish. However, the increased use of omega-3s in food products, nutritional supplements, and new compounds for treating inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases, discovered by Dr. Surette, is pushing demand beyond supply. This has brought a number of issues to light, including the sustainability of the fishery, and the increasing presence of toxins, like mercury, in wild fish.

As the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Biosciences, Dr. Surette will work in partnership with agricultural companies to develop crops of a specific plant that is rich in a new form of omega-3 fatty acids. This will open up new opportunities for farmers in New Brunswick and beyond to grow a new and potentially lucrative crop. Dr. Surette’s aim is to work with industry to integrate these vegetable-based and sustainable fatty acids into their products. This, together with the development of new compounds for treating inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases will provide tremendous support for New Brunswick's burgeoning biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors.

Dr. Surette is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the Université de Moncton. A recipient of the Canada Research Chair in Cellular Lipid Metabolism, he has published over 45 articles in countless international journals including the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the Journal of Nutrition, and the International Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, to name a few, Dr. Surette completed his PhD in biochemistry at Cornell University.

Meng Gong

Advanced Wood

Meng Gong - Advanced Wood

Dr. Meng Gong is the Acting Director and Senior Research Scientist of the Wood Science and Technology Centre (WSTC), the University of New Brunswick (UNB). He received his Master’s degree in wood technology and Ph.D. in wood engineering from Nanjing Forestry University (China) and UNB, respectively.

As the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Advanced Wood Products, Dr. Gong leads research on wood quality, wood modification and engineered wood products in the WSTC. He dedicates himself to R&D of modified wood and engineered wood products and their uses in wood building construction.

Dr. Gong is one of nine voting members since 2008 sitting on the Standing Committee on Technical Evaluations (SCTE), Canadian Commission on Construction Materials Evaluation, National Research Council. He is the only member of expertise in wood products and physically located in Atlantic Canada. As a member, Dr. Gong reviews the Scope and Evaluation Plans and Technical Guides for innovative construction materials and products. In 2015,

Dr. Gong was elected as the Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS). Fellow of IAWS is internationally regarded as a very high honor in the wood science community in recognition of his/her achievements in wood science. Dr. Gong received the Merit Award from UNB in 2016. This award recognizes the outstanding performance, commitment and service to the University.

Dr. Ehab Misk

Aquatic Biosciences

Dr. Ehab Misk - Aquatic Biosciences

Dr. Ehab Misk is the Research Scientist at the Hunstman Marine Science Centre and joined in April of 2018. He holds a BSc and MSc in veterinary medicine from Assiut University (Assiut, Egypt) and a PhD in pathobiology from University of Guelph (Guelph, ON).

As the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Aquatic Biosciences, Dr. Misk’s research to date has focused on fish disease surveillance, molecular diagnostics, regulation of innate immune response, and disease resistance. Such research has involved numerous viral and bacterial pathogens, including those that infect Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, baitfish, shiners, minnows and suckers. Dr. Misk brings a wealth of experience to the Huntsman in developing controlled infection models associated with a range of freshwater and seawater pathogens that will be of interest to our diverse client base.

Dr. Misk is an expert and his skills and expertise fall under cell culture, gene expression, flow cytometry, molecular biology, immunology, innate immunity, virus etc. Dr. Misk has the critical expertise to ensure Huntsman’s reputation to be a leader in aquatic science research. Dr. Misk brings knowledge in developing controlled infection models associated with a range of freshwater and seawater pathogens – such as fungus like Saprolegnia sp., bacteria such as Mycobacterium sp. and Flavobacterium sp., and viruses such as Spring Viremia of Carp Virus (SVCS) and Viral Haemorrhagic Septicemia Virus (VHSV) – that will be of interest to the Huntsman’s diverse client base. Dr. Misk has the experience to conduct all levels of fish health assessment, including post-mortem examination, microbiology, virology, histopathology, molecular diagnostics, and reporting.

  • J.R. Jocelyn Paré - Medical Technologie
    J.R. Jocelyn Paré Medical Technologie
  • Erik Scheme - Medical Devices and
    Erik Scheme Medical Devices and
  • Marc Surette - Biosciences
    Marc Surette Biosciences
  • Meng Gong - Advanced Wood
    Meng Gong Advanced Wood
  • Dr. Ehab Misk - Aquatic Biosciences
    Dr. Ehab Misk Aquatic Biosciences