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The CSPC has become Canada’s most comprehensive, multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary annual science policy forum and attracted numerous politicians and hundreds of professionals from industry, academia, the non-profit sector, federal and provincial governments every year. The conference has traveled across Canada: Toronto (2009), Montreal (2010), Ottawa (2011), Calgary (2012), Toronto (2013), Halifax (2014), Ottawa in (2015) and returns to Ottawa in 2016. For more information, themes, and registration, visit: www.cspc2016.ca

Each year the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences hosts an annual Forum to explore a critical health issue in Canada that has high policy significance and to which science is currently/or can make significant contributions. The theme of the 2016 forum is: Solutions to Inequities in Indigenous Health: What Works and Why?

NSHRF is a sponsor of the event, and has three free registrations (priced at $325 each) for members of the Nova Scotia health research community. If you're interested in attending, please contact Marian Ritcey at Marian.Ritcey@novascotia.ca

What: Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Forum 2016
When: September 15-16, 2016
Where: Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, Montreal, Quebec
Deadline to notify: August 16, 2016

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 peer review feedback from 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 identify the strengths and weaknesses noted in the peer review feedback and develop a summary report that identifies common areas for improvement and indicators of success in order to inform and strengthen future grant submissions. This report will be shared with participants and the research community.

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 Amy Middleton, Corporate Initiatives Coordinator: amy.middleton@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 Amy Middleton at amy.middleton@novascotia.ca or 902.424.2131

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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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