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.
Chief Executive Officer
Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation