What's New

The NSHRF will be moving to a new electronic Grants Management System platform for competitive programs in 2014. 
The development of this new system is in its final stages and will be officially launched no later than February 3, 2014. By February 3, 2014 applicants will be able to access the applications for Development Innovative and Establishment Grants. Potential applicants and team members are encouraged to register now in the new system at gms.nshrf.ca. Detailed user guides will be available shortly.
Application Requirements for the Development Innovative and Establishment Grants will be available no later than January 30, 2014. Potential applicants are encouraged to follow the NSHRF on Twitter as we will Tweet when new materials are available. 
Applicants should note that they will have to re-link their Canada Common CV (CCV) to their NSHRF account by validating the PIN for NSHRF. Applicants should also note that a CCV is required for all academic team members and the PI must ensure that her/his most current CCV is linked to the application in the system. To read the steps to validate the PIN, click here.
If you require assistance through this process or have any questions about the new system, please contact our helpdesk at helpdesk@nshrf.ca or phone 902-424-8833. 

Each year, the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) recognizes leaders in the health services and policy research community. From trainees to senior investigators, IHSPR celebrates researchers who are making a difference.

These opportunities include:

CIHR-IHSPR Article of the Year ($10,000): The Article of the Year Award recognizes published research that has significantly contributed to the advancement of the field of health services and policy research in Canada. To apply, click here.

CIHR-IHSPR Rising Star Award ($1,000):  The Rising Star Award recognizes the research excellence or innovative knowledge translation initiatives of graduate students (Masters, PhD and Post-doctoral fellows). To apply, click here

The Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation invites students to submit essays to the Student Essay Competition.

Essays should be up to 3,000 words long (excluding references and appendices) and address any topic in health services or health policy.

The Hall Foundation will award three prizes annually for the best submissions:
  • Best doctoral submission $1500
  • Best masters submission: $1250
  • Best undergraduate submission: $1000

The Student Essay Competition deadline is March 31, 2014. Winners are recognized at the 2014 Canadian Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) Conference May 12 - 15, in Toronto, Ontario.

For competition details, click here


The NSHRF is pleased to present our 2012-2013 Annual Report: REAL Nova Scotians.

In this report, you will find:

  • Mechanisms the NSHRF has designed to help knowledge users know where to access, appraise and apply the best sources during the decision-making process
  • Ways in which the NSHRF is committed to a strategic, rigorous and systematic approach to integrating evidence into decision-making.
  • Features describing our funded applicants whose research supports evidence-informed decision making.
  • Features describing the recipients of The Quest: The John Ruedy Award, The Colleen Elliott Award and the George Turnbull Award and the promise they hold for research in Nova Scotia.
  • Our Unsung Heroes – Adrian Levy, PhD; Bill Gardner, PhD; and David Anderson, MD, FRCPC. 

To view our Annual Report, please click here





The Nova Scotia Cochrane Resource Centre will be hosting a two-day author training workshop which will provide introductory skills in conducting a systematic review. Topics include: asking a good review question, literature searching, study selection, assessing risk of bias, synthesis, formulating conclusions and an introduction to Review Manager software.

Date: February 10 – 11, 2014
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia (TBD)
Application Deadline: January 13,  2014 at 4:00 p.m.

For further workshop details, click here.

The NSHRF would like to announce that the Research Program Establishment Grant Consultation surveys are now closed. We would like to thank all participants–your voice matters to us! More information regarding the Research Program’s Establishment Grant will be made available in 2014.   

The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) is pleased to announce that today Krista Connell, NSHRF CEO, was revealed as a recipient of the Women's Executive Network’s (WXN) 2013 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards. Co-Presented by Scotiabank and KPMG, these Awards celebrate and highlight the professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors at a time when corporate Canada is under growing pressure to promote more female leaders into senior management and corporate director roles.

Since its inception in 1997, WXN has created and delivered innovative networking, mentoring and professional and personal development opportunities for women in leadership roles, growing into a sizable community of more than 19,000 members strong across Canada and Ireland. As of today, WXN has honoured 728 of Canada’s most powerful women and inducted 93 of these women into the Top 100 Hall of Fame.
“I am so excited to receive this recognition. I owe my professional success, as I do most things in my life, to the incredible and powerful female role models especially my mother and grandmother,” says Krista. “I share this acknowledgement with them. I grew up believing that my opportunities were unlimited and knowing that I always had their unwavering support. I also share this honor with the amazing and talented team at the NSHRF – with their efforts and support the possibilities are most definitely endless!”
To learn more about the Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, including the full list of 2013 winners, please click here

Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan and the Gathering of Spirits Collective are launching the National Consensus Statement on Women, Trans People and Girls and HIV Research in Canada. The Statement includes a number of recommendations to address the complex and diverse, and span across legal, cultural, social, political, and economic needs of women, trans people and girls. To read the Statement, please click here.

Dr. Gahagan is a professor at Dalhousie University’s School of Health and Human Performance. The NSHRF has been a proud supporter of many of her initiatives.

For additional information, please contact:

Kirk Furlotte, Research Manager
Gender and Health Promotion Studies Unit
School of Health and Human Performance
Dalhousie University