Development/Innovative Grant Program Requirements

Objective
Funding Details 
Eligibility
Evaluation Criteria

GMS Application Information

Canada Common CV (CCV)
Project Details
Team Members
Ethics Requirements
Plain Language Summary
Objectives
Project Description and Work Plan
References and Attachments
Relevance
Team Composition
Development or Innovative Components
Budget
Signature and Submission

Review Process
Step by Step Guide for Applicants 
Resources for Consideration
Contact Information

This competitive, peer reviewed funding opportunity supports investigator/curiosity driven research across the four health research categories.

Objective

The Development/Innovative Grant provides funding for Nova Scotia health research initiatives that will strengthen a grant submission to a peer reviewed provincial, national or international health research competition.

The NSHRF interprets the concepts of development and innovative to include research in its early stages (i.e., development or testing of research methodologies, including novel approaches to solving important health issues), as well as the development of researchers early in their career and the support of those with established track records who may wish to branch into new areas of research. Applicants may be seeking funding for the generation of preliminary data to improve the potential for success in acquiring health research funding in a subsequent competition.

Applicants must clearly indicate the targeted health research competition(s) they will apply to and, in their work plan, indicate the steps that will be taken to develop the subsequent application. The required outcome of this grant is the submission of an application (to the competition identified) within 12 months of the one year grant funding period.

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Funding Details 

Value and Duration: The maximum amount awarded is $15,000 per grant for 1 year.

Process to Apply:  Create an account in the Grants Management System (GMS) and choose Apply for Grant/Award – Development/Innovative Grant.

Open/Close Date: To view all current funding opportunities, click here.

Multiple Submissions: Applications can be submitted for more than one grant.  Related, but not duplicate, applications may be submitted for more than one grant, provided the applicant clearly demonstrates how each application is unique and that they can be implemented independently.

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Eligibility

To apply for a Development/Innovative Grant, the Principal Investigator must:

  • Be a researcher with an academic appointment at a Nova Scotia university/affiliated research institution or an appointment (with research responsibilities) at an affiliated hospital/research centre/institute; and
  • Reside and work in Nova Scotia during the funding period of the grant.

Please note: Applicants with limited term appointments are eligible to apply, however, the Development/ Innovative Grant must be completed before the end date of the appointment. Please ensure the PI’s updated CCV clearly indicates the end date of the appointment.

NEW THIS YEAR:  Applicants with a limited term appointment must provide a letter from a senior official at their institution indicating the start and end dates of their appointment. If, at the time of application, the researcher holds a limited term appointment but has not yet received a contract for the upcoming academic year, she or he is eligible to apply. If successful, a condition of funding will be confirmation from the institution that a new appointment was made. The research project must be completed during this appointment.

Targeted competitions must be peer reviewed by a provincial, national or international organization. Internally peer reviewed competitions are not eligible. The NSHRF Development Innovative Grant is not eligible. 

An applicant’s eligibility will be determined by the NSHRF and will be indicated in the applicant’s GMS portfolio after the submission deadline.

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Evaluation Criteria

The proposal must demonstrate the following criteria used by the peer review committees to evaluate Development/Innovative Grant applications:

Project Description

  • Clarity and scope of objectives, goals and target audience(s)
  • Clarity and appropriateness of methodology, including limitations
  • Potential contribution to the field of research
  • Feasibility of the proposed work

Work Plan/Plan to Apply for Funding

  • Clear and realistic plan to apply for the identified grant
  • How the proposed research will strengthen a subsequent grant application
  • Reasonable and feasible timeline of activities
  • How the target funding agency/competition is appropriate for the proposed research

Team Composition

  • Knowledge, expertise and experience of the applicant(s)
  • Relevant research experience
  • How the expertise of the applicant and team members (if applicable) ultimately benefits the project
  • Required skills available to complete the project

Developmental or Innovative Nature of Project

  • Extent to which the proposed research is developmental or innovative in nature
  • Importance of the work to the further development of the applicant(s) research program
  • Originality

Merit of the Proposal

  • The significance and expected contribution to understanding, interpreting, or creating knowledge
  • Potential of the research team to succeed in developing a subsequent grant application

Budget

  • Appropriateness and justification of the budget
  • Availability of other sources of funding (if applicable)
  • Special needs related to the project (i.e., meetings, teleconferences or infrastructure costs, such as user fees)

Relevance to Nova Scotia – The proposal must demonstrate relevance to improving the health of Nova Scotians by addressing any of the following:

  • How the proposed research addresses health issues of relevance to Nova Scotians
  • How the proposed research addresses the health research priorities of the NSHRF
  • The potential economic impact of the research in Nova Scotia
  • The potential impact of the research on clinical practice in Nova Scotia
  • The potential impact of the research on health policy in Nova Scotia

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GMS Application Information  

The application information is submitted in the NSHRF’s Grant Management System (GMS) and is completed either as direct entries or as additional uploads. This section describes each requirement in detail. To start your application please create an account in the NSHRF’s Grant Management System. 

If you are entering information directly in to the GMS and you wish to cut and paste from another document, we recommend that you paste as unitext. Notepad will convert to unitext.

All sections uploaded to the GMS must adhere to the following format:

  • Uploaded documents cannot exceed section page limit and must be in Portable Document Format (.pdf)
  • Font must be 11 pt minimum, black type. No condensed/narrow fonts, type, or spacing
  • Use 1.5 line spacing, 0.5 inch (1.27 cm), left and right margins
  • 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 1 and end with the maximum page limit for that section; applicants do not need to attempt consecutive numbering between sections
  • All references should be uploaded as a separate attachment in the References section

Please note: Ensure uploaded documents are not locked or password protected, as the system will not be able to open them.

 

Canada Common CV (CCV)
Project Details
Team Members
Ethics Requirements
Plain Language Summary
Objectives
Project Description and Work Plan
References and Attachments
Relevance
Team Composition
Development or Innovative Components
Budget
Signature and Submission

 

Canada Common CV (CCV)

All applicants or team members with an academic appointment require a NSHRF-validated CCV. After completing the required fields on the CCV, users must validate their PIN (the email address associated with your GMS account) and submit an NSHRF CV within the CCV. You will need to provide your GMS account information (email address and GMS password) in order to successfully match your CCV and GMS accounts. All applicants, including team members with academic appointments, should check the version of the CCV linked to their GMS account. 

Applicants must re-submit their CCV (NSHRF CV) to their GMS account for the 2016-17 competition in order to ensure the most recent CCV is available for confirmation of eligibility and assessment by reviewers.

Instructions for validating your PIN and submitting your Common CV to NSHRF can be found here.

Please contact the NSHRF Helpdesk with any questions.

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Project Details

Category of Research 

This funding opportunity is reviewed by one of two peer review committees. Applicants must identify the health research category most appropriate for their research in the GMS application form. The following are the two peer review committees:

1)  Biomedical (MED)
2)  Health Policy, Health Services and Health Outcomes (PSO)

NSHRF Health Research Priority

In the GMS, please select the most applicable/ predominant NSHRF priority that relates to or most closely associates with your project. To view the NSHRF Health Research Priorities, click here. This information is used for administrative purposes only.

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Institution that Will Administer Funds

Applicants must indicate which institution will administer the funds if the application is funded. This institution will be required to approve the application prior to submission. All Nova Scotia institutions are able to complete this approval process through their institutional GMS accounts.  

It is recommended that applicants contact the institution that will be approving their application to determine internal institutional deadlines, requirements and potential support offered by the institution during the application process.

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Targeted Funding Opportunity

Applicants must clearly indicate the targeted, peer reviewed health research competition(s) they will apply to and indicate, in their work plan, the steps that will be taken to develop the subsequent application(s).

The required outcome of this grant is the submission of an application (to the competition identified) within 12 months of the one year funding period of this grant.

Applicants will also be asked to identify if they hold, or are seeking, additional funding for this project. One agency and targeted competition must be identified in the GMS application form in the Project Details section. If applicants are seeking funding from more than one source, these should be included in the work plan section of the application. If applicants hold funding from more than one source and these funds are required to complete the work described in the application, these funds should be listed in the applicant’s CCV and their use described in the Budget Justification section.

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Resubmissions

Any application that remains similar in content and has been submitted, reviewed and not funded in previous NSHRF competitions must be marked as a resubmission in the GMS application form. Material submitted in previous applications is not available to reviewers, so the current application should contain all information required for evaluation. Applicants resubmitting can upload one page outlining how previous feedback has been addressed. This information can be uploaded in the Project Details section of the GMS when the application is identified as a resubmission. Applicants are also encouraged to incorporate this information within the relevant sections of the application in order to highlight the changes made in response to the feedback received. 

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Team Members

  • All team members (if applicable) must be listed in the GMS application form.
  • team member category must be designated to each member.
  • Team members must create a GMS account and are required to provide consent in the GMS. (Collaborators are the only team member role not required to provide consent in GMS.) 
  • Team members can be from Nova Scotia, elsewhere in Canada or any other country. 
  • All team members with academic appointments must validate and submit their CCV. Team members who do not have academic appointments must provide the PI with a copy of their professional résumé or CV to upload. Collaborators do not require a CCV or résumé.

Adding Team Members: In order for the Principal Investigator (PI) to add team members to the application, he/she must instruct the individuals to first create a GMS account. The PI then adds a team member’s system account (email address) in the Other Team Members section of the GMS application. Once a team member has been added to the application, the PI must notify the team member and instruct her/ him to sign in to GMS and provide consent.

All team members listed on an application must provide consent in order for an application to be successfully submitted. To access the applications(s) requiring their consent, team members must refer to the Team Review section under Portfolio in their GMS account. It is the responsibility of the PI to notify team members when they have been added to the application - team members and Co-PIs are NOT electronically notified when added.

To view team members' contributor status in GMS (i.e. confirmation that team members have provided consent), the PI should click the Consent link in the Status column on the portfolio page in their GMS account. If a team member (other than a collaborator) does not provide consent, the application is incomplete and cannot be submitted.

Please Note: If a team member’s consent is outstanding when attempting to submit an application, you may choose to delete the team member and remove reference to that team member in all applicable application sections. If a team member is described in the application, but is not listed as a team member (has not provided consent), reviewers will be instructed to disregard that team member’s contribution to the project.

Please see the PI User Guide in GMS for further details. Please refer team members to the Team Member Guide in GMS for details on creating an account, linking the CCV and providing consent.

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Ethics Requirements

In the GMS application form all ethics approvals that apply to the proposed work must be identified. If the approval(s) have been obtained they can be uploaded.  If not available at the time of application, ethics approval must be provided if the application is approved for funding. Please be aware that NSHRF does not release any funds until final ethics approval has been received or notice from the Research Ethics Board indicating ethics approval is not required is received. No exceptions will be made. Refer to the Ethical Conduct Requirements for more information.

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Plain Language Summary

Maximum: 500 Words

Applicants must provide a clear and concise description of their project, written in language suitable for a non-scientific audience. This should include a brief statement of the research area of interest, or the problem to be researched, as well as the project objectives. Summarize how the project will strengthen a grant submission to a peer reviewed provincial, national or international health research competition and indicate the name of the funding competition the team is targeting. Indicate the potential impact of the proposed project on the health of Nova Scotians and why the proposed research is important to the mandate of the NSHRF. If funded, the NSHRF will use this summary for communication purposes. 

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Objectives
Please list the main project objectives for the full duration of your project. These objectives should be the same as those described in the Project Abstract and Research Proposal section of your application. Ensure listed objectives encompass all of the main activities you plan to undertake using the project funds. A maximum of ten objectives can be listed in the GMS application form. Please only enter one objective per text box (click Add Objective to enter each subsequent objective).

Please note: This section is used for administrative purposes by the NSHRF. Funded applicants will be expected to report on progress related to the listed objectives.

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Project Description
Maximum: Two Pages

Provide a clear and concise description of the proposed project. This section should include a brief statement of the problem to be researched, the project goal, objectives, methodology and target audience. Objectives listed in this section should be the same as those listed in the Objectives section.

Applicants should focus on describing the project to be undertaken rather than background of the research question. All figures, diagrams, illustrations etc. required in order to describe the proposed project must be included within page limit. The list of cited references must be uploaded as a separate attachment under the References section. 

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Project Work Plan
Maximum: One Page

The work plan should include a clear timeline indicating project start and end dates, details on activities including team responsibilities, deadlines and indicators of success. Teams should anticipate challenges and include a plan to address those challenges. The work plan should also include a description of any staff required, including roles and responsibilities.

Applicants must indicate the targeted health research funding competition. If more than one competition is targeted this should be included in the work plan. All relevant deadlines related to the competition(s) such as registration, letter of intent or application deadlines must be included. Applicants must demonstrate how these activities will lead to the required outcome of a proposal for health research funding.

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References and Attachments
References: Up to 10 pages maximum can be uploaded in the GMS; use discipline-appropriate format.

Other Attachments: up to three additional supporting documents relevant to the application can be uploaded in the GMS (e.g., letter confirming access to data source or sample, questionnaires, letters indicating community partner support and involvement, letter from applicant's primary affiliated institution if different than the institution listed as administering funds)

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Relevance
Maximum: One Page

Demonstrate the relevance of the proposed project, anticipated outcomes and indicate the potential impact this project will have on the health of Nova Scotians.  Refer to Demonstrating Relevance to NSHRF for more information.

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Team Composition
Maximum: One Page

Describe the project team, highlight each team members' roles and experience, and demonstrate the team's ability to successfully conduct the proposed research. If the applicant does not have a research team, indicate how the applicant has the capacity and expertise to complete the project.

All team members must provide consent in their GMS account if listed or discussed in an application. Collaborators; collaborators must be identified but do not need to provide consent.

Please Note: If a team member’s consent is outstanding when attempting to submit an application, you may choose to delete the team member and remove reference to that team member in all applicable application sections. If a team member is described in the application, but is not listed as a team member (has not provided consent), reviewers will be instructed to disregard that team member’s contribution to the project.

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Development or Innovative Components
Maximum: One Page

Demonstrate the extent to which the proposed research is developmental and/or innovative. Applicants should indicate how their preliminary research, if funded, would strengthen a subsequent grant application.

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Budget Table and Justification
Budget Justification Page Maximum: One page

Refer to Budget Considerations and Allowable Costs when preparing your budget. You will need to upload a detailed budget justification and complete the budget table in the GMS application form outlining itemized expenses

The budget must be directly related to the work plan and only those expenses deemed necessary for the proposed research will be approved.

Below are details as to what should be included in the one page budget justification, as well as additional requirements within the budget table. A description is required for each budget item entered in the table; it is helpful to use similar descriptions when writing your detailed budget justification.

Refer to your institution’s policies pertaining to procurement and travel to ensure your budget aligns with institutional policies.

Personnel: Outline in the written justification details of hourly wage, work hours per week and number of weeks of work for each personnel position listed in the budget table. Please Refer to your institution’s human resources policies and ensure CPP, EI and other related deductions/benefits are included if required by your institution. Flat rate student stipends are not allowable costs. Within the budget table, you will be required to identify the Role (Research Assistant, Technician, Other).  If Research Assistant is selected you will be asked to specify Student or Non-Student - if Student is selected, you will then be asked to specify the level.  If Other is selected you will be asked to describe the role.

Professional/Technical Services: Provide details of any professional or technical contracts or arrangements that have been made. A separate upload will be required for this budget item and can consist of correspondence confirming the details of the services that will be purchased or additional justification (i.e., why a particular vendor was selected). Up to three files can be uploaded if multiple vendors were contacted for quotes/availability. Quotes can be uploaded in the Budget section of the GMS application form under Justification: Quotes and Estimates.

Please note:  if an individual is to be remunerated from a grant (i.e., salary or consulting fees), that person cannot be listed as a team member. 

Equipment, Materials and Supplies: Price estimates, including applicable taxes, shipping costs and other costs that are part of the purchase must be detailed in the justification. Budget items that exceed $2,000 require additional justification (i.e., quotes for equipment, computer hardware and software). One upload is required and up to three can be uploaded in the Justification: Quotes and Estimates section, in order to provide more details to reviewers related to expenses (e.g., to justify animal care costs, etc.). Do not re-upload the two page required budget justification in these additional uploads. Note: equipment purchased with grant funds becomes the property of the institution administering funds.

Meeting Expenses and Honoraria: Provide relevant details related to any items listed under these budget items.

Travel: Separate budget items can be entered to distinguish travel related to work on the project (i.e., travel to conduct focus groups, team meetings) versus travel related to dissemination activities (i.e., conferences, community forums to present results).

Other: Provide relevant details related to any items listed under this budget item not already covered in another budget area.

In-kind contributions do not need to be listed in the Budget Table but should be outlined in the Budget Justification section. Contributions from other funding sources (including internal) should also be identified in the Budget Justification section. If any proposed research activities are dependent on other sources of funding, this contingency should be clearly identified and its impact on the execution of the research addressed. The NSHRF does not provide funding for research already funded by another agency. If an application is approved for funding, the program manager will discuss with the applicant and the other funding source (if necessary) to determine whether duplication or overlap exists and determine appropriate means of eliminating duplication/overlap. 

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Signature and Submission

Applicants must review the terms listed in the Signature and Submission section of the application in the GMS as well as the Signature and Submission section on the General Program Requirements page.

Institutional approval is required and must be provided prior to the application deadline. Institutions must review the terms listed within the GMS Institution access page as well as the Signature and Submission section on the General Program Requirements page.

Applications submitted to the NSHRF that do not contain all of the necessary information will be disqualified from further consideration in the competition process. Our systems have been designed to ensure that applicants have every opportunity to view the application information before it is submitted. The entire responsibility of ensuring proper submission of a complete application rests with the applicant. The NSHRF assumes no responsibility to notify applicants or follow-up with respect to particulars of incomplete or noncompliant applications. Late submission of applications will not be accepted by the NSHRF. 

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Review Process

The NSHRF undertakes an initial screening of the applications to determine the completeness of the application and applicant’s eligibility. A peer review panel will review applications in accordance with NSHRF’s peer review guidelines.

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Step by Step for Applicants 

This guide is intended to provide applicants with a step by step checklist to follow in order to apply for the Development Innovative Grant.

Step by Step Application Guide (PDF)

 

Resources for Consideration 

The NSHRF has compiled a list of questions that applicants may find useful in preparing their applications for consideration by a review committee. Click here for more details.

Pilot Studies

Additional suggested resources for Development/Innovative Grant applicants to consult when preparing their applications:

Thabane et al. A tutorial on pilot studies: the what, why and how.  BMC Medical Research Methodology 2010, 10:1 Retrieved on January 4, 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2288/10/1

Gardner et al. Reconceptualising the objectives of a pilot study for clinical research. International Journal of Nursing Studies 2003, 40(7): 719-724 Retrieved on January 4, 2012 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12965163

McDermott, Vincentelli and Venus. The use of piloting in an application for funding. Social Research Update Spring 2005 Issue 45 Retrieved on January 4, 2012 from http://sru.soc.surrey.ac.uk/SRU45.html

Van Teijlingen and Hundley. The importance of pilot studies. Social Research Update
Winter 2001 Issue 35 Retrieved on January 4, 2012 from http://sru.soc.surrey.ac.uk/SRU35.html

Van Teijlingen et al. The importance of conducting and reporting pilot studies: the example of the Scottish Births Survey. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2001, 34(3): 289-295 Retrieved on January 4, 2012 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11328433

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Contact Information

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please contact the Director, Programs

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