The Catalyst Award provides support for initiatives that will significantly contribute to the development of the health research enterprise in Nova Scotia.
This award supports the catalytic aims of REDI. Initiatives funded under this category will coordinate, stimulate or initiate projects or activities that contribute to the development of the health research enterprise in Nova Scotia. If the initiative will occur outside of Nova Scotia, applicants must demonstrate significant benefit to the provincial health research enterprise and to the health of Nova Scotians.
This award is intended to be responsive to the needs of the health research community and to support the types of initiatives that will build and sustain health research capacity in Nova Scotia. Applicants must demonstrate how the proposed initiative contributes to the health research enterprise and provide indicators of success. These awards are intended to be one year in duration. Exceptions will be made if there is evidence of need for a longer funding period.
Any member of the Nova Scotia health research community may apply for this award.
In exceptional circumstances recipients need not necessarily be located in Nova Scotia, however it must be very clearly demonstrated that Nova Scotians will receive a direct benefit from the award.
Applications will not be considered in the Catalyst Award category if another NSHRF grant or award category exists that better suits the application.
The funding level is at the discretion of the NSHRF and will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the merit of the application. The NSHRF may impose additional conditions or requirements prior to approving a request for support in order to ensure that activities are consistent with the REDI approach.
As a general guideline:
- an application that will benefit an individual may be funded up to a maximum of $10,000 per award;
- an application that will benefit a research group or team may be funded up to a maximum of $20,000 per award; and
- an application that will benefit a faculty, university or research institution, or the provincial health research enterprise, may be funded for more than $20,000 per award.
Applicants must provide detailed information regarding the opportunity and how it meets with the overall purpose of the REDI Program. Applicants must demonstrate the catalytic nature of the initiative in the application.
If applicants are requesting funding for equipment as part of this award the following requirements apply:
- Applicants must demonstrate that they cannot access the equipment within their institution or at another local institution;
- Applicants must demonstrate that the research for which the equipment is required is peer reviewed research; and
- A maximum of $5,000 will be provided to support equipment purchase. However, any funding request for more than $1,000 requires matching funding. The co-funding ratio is one NSHRF dollar to one partner dollar up to $5,000 NSHRF dollars.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Manager, Research Programs before applying for a Catalyst Award.
Please visit the Schedule Of Funding Opportunities page on the NSHRF website for current award offerings and applicable dates. When available, the application for the Catalyst award will be available on this page.
Program requirements for all NSHRF funding opportunities can vary. Please visit the Budget and Allowable Cost page on the NSHRF website to learn more about allowable costs specific to the REDI Program.
The Plain Language Summary and Objectives sections are entered directly in the GMS. All other Application Sections are uploaded to the GMS and must adhere to the following format:
- Uploads cannot exceed section page limit and must be in PDF;
- Use a font size of 12 point, black type. No condensed/narrow fonts, type, or spacing;
- PI's last name and application ID number must be at the top of each page in the header;
- Pages uploaded for each section should be numbered in the footer;
- Page numbering can start at one (1) and end with the maximum page limit for that section; applicants do not need to attempt consecutive numbering between sections.
If your team consists of additional team members please add them to your application. Team members need to have a GMS account in order to be added as a team member. However, no validation is required and team members will not be alerted via email that they have been added as a team member on REDI awards. It is the Principle Investigators responsibility to ensure team members are aware of their role.
Please clearly note what team member role/category is assigned to each member.
Please describe the objective of your project (the activities for which you are requesting funding), the potential impact of the project on health research capacity in the province, and indicate any potential impact on the health of Nova Scotians. This information will be used for communications purposes if funded.
This section is limited to a maximum of one half (1/2) page.
Please list the main project objectives that you want to achieve over the full duration of your project in the GMS application form. Ensure listed objectives cover all the main activities you plan to undertake using the project funds. These objectives should be the same as those described in the project description section of your application.
Please note: Funded applicants will be expected to report on progress related to the listed objectives.
Provide a clear and concise description of the proposed project (the activities which you are requesting funding). This is not a description of your research interests, but rather a description of how these NSHRF funds will be used. Please list the project goal and objectives as well as indicators of success. Include a work plan with start and end date, significant milestones, any relevant details on activities and persons responsible. Summarize the project and its fit with the award objective. As the scientific methodology of your project is not being assessed, please do not describe those procedures, theories or techniques.
This section is limited to a maximum of three (3) pages.
Demonstrate the relevance of the proposed project and its anticipated outcomes. Why is this project important to the purpose of REDI? Indicate what potential difference this project will make to the health of Nova Scotians and/or health research enterprise in Nova Scotia. If the project is taking place outside of Nova Scotia please demonstrate the benefit to the health research enterprise in Nova Scotia and indicate potential benefits to the health of Nova Scotians.
This section is limited to a maximum of one (1) page.
Please provide a budget justification. Supporting documentation, including cost quotations for equipment or service contracts, is to be included following the budget justification section. Please note: if requesting funding for equipment over $1000 indicate if this equipment is available at another Nova Scotia institution and why it cannot be used. Please visit our Allowable Cost webpage to learn more about allowable budget items for the REDI program.
This section is limited to a maximum of two (2) pages.