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On July 15, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced its funding decisions for the 2014 Foundation Scheme 1st Live Pilot; it was disappointing to see no Nova Scotian researchers were listed as funded.

It is my understanding that further announcements may be forthcoming regarding the competition including potential bridge funding awards and we are working to better understand the results.

While I am deeply concerned, we anticipated CIHR funding reforms would affect health research in Nova Scotia and recently developed two programs to ensure we understand the impact. The CIHR Reform Assessment Impact Group (CRAIG, click here for more info) and the Research Enhancement Program (REP, click here for more info) will work to ensure that our research community is competitive at the national level.

Be assured that the NSHRF is working hard on your behalf and we will be communicating with you further in the coming weeks and months.


Krista Connell

Chief Executive Officer

Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation

The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation is hosting a national competition for The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) in order to identify two Evidence Review Synthesis Centres (ERSC). The Centres will be expected to produce systematic reviews in order to support the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (Task Force) guidelines and recommendations.

Up to two (2) ERSCs will be funded through this competition. Each ERSC will be provided with a core operating budget of $100,000 per year, for two years. Additional funding is tied to the deliverables which would be assigned to each Centre based on expertise and ability (up to $115,000 per review; up to $40,000 per guideline update). The selected ERSCs will be funded for an initial period of 2 years. At the discretion of PHAC and the Task Force, a renewal may be offered ranging from 1-3 years.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, August 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. (AST)

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The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada. This ninth annual program was created by Progress magazine and Best Companies Group. This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in Atlantic Canada, benefiting the region's economy, workforce and businesses. The list is made up of 31 companies.


“The reason we are on this list is our team, there is none better.” - Krista Connell, NSHRF CEO


To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

- Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity;

- Be a publicly or privately held business;

- Have a facility in the Atlantic Canada region;

- Have a minimum of 15 employees in the Atlantic Canada region;

- Be in business a minimum of 1 year.

Companies from across the region entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Atlantic Canada, analyzed the data and determined the final rankings.

NSHRF will be recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada awards ceremony coordinated by Progress magazine on June 5 and will be profiled in a special publication by Progress magazine in Vol.22 No.04 (distribution in June).

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada program, visit www.BestPlacesToWorkAtlantic.com.

The NSHRF is proud to announce that we have been awarded the 2015 Mainstay Award for Small Business by the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) of Nova Scotia. This is awarded to a small business (fewer than 20 employees or full-time equivalents) demonstrating an exemplary health and safety program, innovation and proven injury prevention and/or return to work track record.

To learn more about the award, click here

The Knowledge Sharing Workshop on LGBTQ Health will focus on sharing the findings of our research on LGBTQ health in Nova Scotia with key decision-makers and knowledge-users to inform the process of developing primary health priorities and consensus on:

1) what are the salient primary health issues to be measured
2) how best to measure these to help inform primary health practices and responses, and
3) how to develop culturally competent baseline primary health assessment approaches and tools, with, for and by the LGBTQ communities in Nova Scotia.

The outcomes of this knowledge-sharing workshop will be used to develop and pilot the LGBTQ primary health assessment approaches and tools.

Date: June 11, 2015
Location: Penthouse at Northwood at The Harbour, Halifax
Theme: Developing Culturally Competent Primary Health Assessment Approaches for LGBTQ Populations in Nova Scotia

For more information, click here

The goal of the Nova Scotia LGBTQ Health Research Conference is to foster sustainable collaboration among stakeholders to set priorities for future research on improving patient-oriented LGBTQ health care in Nova Scotia and to work together to produce and implement solutions to advance LGBTQ pathways to primary health.

Date: June 9 & 10, 2015
Location: New Academic Building (2nd Floor) at the University of King's College, Halifax
Theme: The Importance of Patient Engagement and Collaboration in Improving LGBTQ Health in Nova Scotia

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