What's New

Applications for Development/Innovative Grants and Establishment Grants can be access on Monday, February 3 at 12:00PM (AST) in our new GMS system. There will be no registrations this year. View our Schedule of Funding Opportunities page for more information.


The NSHRF is pleased to announce that it’s REAL Knowledge Program will be providing funding for up to three successful students from Nova Scotia* to attend the Knowledge Translation (KT) Canada Summer Institute (SI).

Held in Quebec City from June 9-11, 2014, the purpose of this SI is to provide participants with the opportunity to increase their understanding of knowledge translation research as well as opportunities and challenges in this field. The SI will provide participants with the chance to network with colleagues including national and international KT experts. The theme of the 2014 SI is “Knowledge Translation for 4 Ps (patients, providers, public and policymakers”.

The SI is free for trainees and costs $1000 for junior faculty (covers registration, accommodation for 2 nights, course materials and food associated with the SI). Junior faculty is defined as new faculty or any faculty new to KT.

Deadline for applications is March 14, 2014. For further application details, click here.

The NSHRF’s REAL Knowledge Program will be covering the cost for up to three successful applicants from Nova Scotia. To learn more, contact George Collier, Manager, REAL Knowledge Program. 

*students from Nova Scotia are considered to be those that are enrolled at Nova Scotia universities or academic institutions and engaged in research activities relevant to the NSHRF mandate. 

Canada and the European Commission have agreed to renew and expand a joint program that promotes collaboration among researchers in their countries in the area of science and technology.
The project, known as ERA-Can Plus, is a joint initiative of the EC’s European Research Area and the Canadian government. The project, launched in October, provides opportunities for Canadians and Europeans, including early-career researchers and postdoctoral fellows, to collaborate on research projects.
Participants in ERA-Can Plus will be able to apply for research support through Horizon 2020, a major EC funding initiative that is making available 80 billion Euros ($116 billion Canadian) over seven years starting in early 2014.
To learn more about the program, click here
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.