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The results of CIHR’s recent Foundation and Project Grant competitions show a Nova Scotia success rate of only 6.8% compared to the national success rate of 13%. Over both competitions, only 9 projects were funded of 132 applications submitted by Nova Scotian researchers. Clearly, there is reason to take action.

In response to concerns expressed about reforms at CIHR, the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) recently met with representatives from the province’s health research community to consider the impact of the reforms and discuss strategies for success in the new funding environment. One of the outcomes was a request for NSHRF to assess the results of the most recent CIHR Foundation and Project Grant competitions, to strengthen the quality of applications being submitted for funding in the future.

It is critical for Nova Scotia’s health research community to contribute to understanding why our success rate is lower than the national average and how we can collectively improve the quality of applications being submitted for funding. We are asking all Nova Scotian Principal Investigators who applied to the CIHR’s Foundation and Project Grant competitions (both funded and not funded) to please share their applications and peer review feedback with NSHRF.

Through qualitative analysis, NSHRF will assess the strengths, weaknesses and qualities of funded and unfunded applications. The aim is to develop a summary report that identifies common areas for improvement and indicators of success in order to inform and strengthen future grant submissions.

We recognize that there were critiques of the peer review process and that changes have recently been announced; despite these critiques and upcoming changes, we believe analyzing your recent applications and reviewer feedback will be extremely valuable and informative in supporting researchers in future funding competitions.

To participate in this initiative, please send the following documents by email to Julia Kontak, Research Associate (Julia.Kontak@novascotia.ca):

  1.       Submission Form (please download and complete this short fillable form for each application submitted to CIHR)
  2.       CIHR Application Form
  3.       Peer Review Feedback - Stage 1 and Stage 2 (if applicable)
  4.       Notices of Decision - Stage 1 and Stage 2 (if applicable)

Participation in this initiative is voluntary, however your involvement will enable NSHRF to complete this initiative, and contribute to fostering a strong and competitive research enterprise in Nova Scotia. We also encourage you to provide us with suggestions regarding what you would like to see from the analysis by completing the Submission Form (above).

Privacy and confidentiality of all documents received will be maintained by NSHRF. All documents will be stored electronically and accessible only to NSHRF employees. No identifying information will be published in the report or shared with external parties.

For more information, please contact Julia Kontak, Julia.Kontak@novascotia.ca or 902.424.4537

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NSHRF is pleased to announce that it has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Atlantica Canada 2016. 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.

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.

The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation was recognized and honoured at the Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada awards ceremony coordinated by Progress magazine on June 9th and will be profiled in a special publication by Progress magazine in Vol.23 No.02 (distribution in June).


On the evening of June 20th, NSHRF is hosting a one hour public event with world-renowned health thought leader and chair of the World Health Innovation Network, Dr. Anne Snowdon. Register Now

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Registration is open for the 3rd annual Primary Health Care Research Day on June 9, presented by the Collaborative for Research in Primary Health Care (CoR-PHC). Research Day is an opportunity for the primary health care community to come together and discuss the ways that research is impacting primary health care in Nova Scotia.

This year’s event will feature keynote speakers Dr. Jean-Frederic Levesque and Dr. Sabrina Wong and leaders from Primary Health Care and the Department of Family Practice, Nova Scotia Health Authority.  Poster and presentation abstracts are also being accepted.

When: June 9, 2016|8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Atlantica Halifax, 1980 Robie St.
Registration: $100 ($35 for students), deadline May 20, 2016

Poster
Registration Form
Abstract Submission Form
 

For more information about CoR-PHC and Primary Health Care Research Day visit http://www.dal.ca/sites/cor-phc/home.html or email Jessica Nowlan.