What's New

The NSHRF’s REAL Change Intervention Workshop is an innovative learning program where participants will design a policy or practice change with the assistance of an expert in Knowledge Translation.

Registration fee is $50 (includes breakfast and lunch). Cost of travel and accommodations for those travelling outside of Halifax will also be covered.

First Program Workshop: May 8-9, 2015
Application Deadline: February 19, 2015

To apply, click here. Admission is limited.

The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to identify an evaluation team to conduct a process and outcomes evaluation of the Early Years Centres. The evaluation will inform the Early Years Branch and the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation as they assess and refine the model. The overall purpose of the evaluation is to examine if the program model and implementation are having an impact on the objectives and outcomes as described in the program logic model and evaluation framework. An Evaluation Advisory Committee (EAC) has been established to support this evaluation project.

The NSHRF has been identified to facilitate the RFP process including selection of the successful evaluation team. The NSHRF will take an active role in the on-going management of the project and will administer the project including facilitating agreement between the successful evaluation team and the project partners, distribution of project funds, monitoring of deliverables and reporting. For more information about this opportunity, click here

Detailed Time Frame

The Early Years Centre Evaluation Project will commence in January 2014 and is targeted for completion in September 2019.
RFP will be posting date: December 2, 2014
Proposals must be submitted by: December 29th, 2014 at 2:00pm AST
Short listed candidates should be available to meet with project partners (if required) on: January 9th, 2015
Successful applicants will be notified by: January 14th, 2015
Successful applicants should be prepared to meet with project partners: January 19th, 2015
Annual report deadlines and other milestones will be confirmed at the first quarterly meeting of the EAC and the successful applicants.

Proposal Submission and Contact Information

Proposals are to be submitted electronically to the NSHRF via email. Please send all required application components to leslie.power@novascotia.ca before December 29th, 2014 at 2:00pm AST.

Questions related to this RFP should be directed to leslie.power@novascotia.ca or 902-424-4193. 

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has launched the eHealth Innovations Partnership Program (eHIPP), a collaborative funding opportunity designed to create a new generation of cost-effective patient and population-centered health care solutions.

eHIPP will focus on development of inter-sectoral collaboration between healthcare innovation communities (researchers, clinicians, patients and decision makers) and industry to help realize the value of existing innovations. The expectation is for collaborative teams (healthcare innovation community + industry) to address gaps and inefficiencies in the care of two priority populations.

eHIPP is co-led by the Institute for Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) and the Institute of Aging (IA) in conjunction with the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA); and the Institute for Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH).

To learn more about eHIPP, click here. To view the full funding opportunity, click here

The Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Conference is a 2-day local meeting which addresses current issues in clinical and applied health research, highlights the work and work-in-progress of local researchers and provides an opportunity for networking among our academic and research colleagues from the IWK, Capital Health District Authority (CDHA) and Dalhousie University.

The IDR Conference opens the evening of Thursday November 20th with a wine and cheese, opening address and poster session. This has always proven to be a great evening where the research of our trainees (medical students, residents, graduate students) is the focus. The full conference day follows onFriday November 21st with an agenda that runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The day is made up primarily of plenary sessions and panel discussions.

For more information, including how to register, click here

To see the conference agenda, click here

OneStart 2015, presented by Oxbridge Biotech, is the world’s largest life sciences and health care business plan accelerator program - welcoming ideas from across the spectrum: therapeutics, diagnostics, software, devices, research tools and more. OneStart welcomes ideas and businesses at all stages of development, from the very early to more mature. This program provides extensive mentoring and support to 70 teams each year (not just the winner). As a result, each year multiple entrants secure follow-on funding.

Interested Nova Scotia researchers are eligible for the OneStart 2015 Americas competition, which is currently accepting submissions until December 1, 2014. The grand prize for the OneStart 2015 Americas competition is $150,000 (US).

To learn more about OneStart, click here. For information regarding eligibility and application requirements, click here.

Keep informed! Follow Oxbridge Biotech on Twitter at @OxbridgeBiotech and join the conversation using #OneStart

On October 23, 2014, the Government of Nova Scotia e-mail will change to the following format:

firstname.lastname@novascotia.ca (mailto:firstname.lastname@novascotia.ca

This change applies to employees of the NSHRF, therefore clients of the NSHRF will see messages from their new addresses. These addresses will be easier to remember and align with the province’s brand—novascotia.ca. This change will happen automatically. Current addresses won’t be retired so they will continue to work and messages sent to current addresses will be routed to new ones. NSHRF employees and their clients should not experience any interruption due to this change.   

Evidence informed decision-making is a key component of all aspects of the public domain; however, a practical method for generating evidence to inform decisions is not always readily available. The NSHRF presents a four-stage approach to generating evidence, which involves: establishing a work plan and gathering background information; collecting data; synthesizing and summarizing data; and evaluation of the process and its implementation.

The approach, which follows traditional social science research methods, has been used by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation to inform a variety of initiatives and decisions in Nova Scotia. It has proven to be practical and reliable in public sector decision-making. To read more about this approach, click here

The NSHRF is pleased to announce that our 2013-14 Annual Report: Informing Nova Scotians is now available. In this report, we illustrate how the NSHRF and the health researchers we support are addressing areas that will improve the health of Nova Scotians. We do this by working with our stakeholders, including provincial government, health authorities and health researchers on a number of initiatives and funding opportunities. To learn more, click here